Asclepias tenacissima Roxb.
Gymnema tenacissimum (Roxb.) Spreng.
Marsdenia tenacissima Wight & Arn.
Pergularia tenacissima (Roxb.) D.Dietr.
Common Name: Rajmahal Hemp
Rajmahal creeper is a robust climbing shrub, its stems twining into the surrounding vegetation[
A very useful fibre is obtained from the stem, said by some to be the second best in India and one of the strongest in the world. It has in the past been considered for cultivation, but has still not been utilized commercially[
]. The plant is harvested from the wild for mainly local use.
E. Asia - China, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam.
Hedges, waste places and amongst shrubs[
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Thrives on poor land[
A very strong fibre can be obtained from the bark of young shoots. It is used for making rope[
]. The stems yield a beautiful, durable and very strong fibre, reputedly among the strongest produced by any plant[
]. It is used for making cords and strings[
]. The fibre has been found to contain little or no lignocellulose, and to be exceptionally resistent to the action of alkalis[
]. It can be kept for long periods in water with little harm[
A latex is obtained from the stem. It can be used to make rubber[
The wood is moderately hard[
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