Perriera madagascariensis is a tree that can grow from 20 - 30 metres tall[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of wood.
Perriera madagascariensis has not yet been assessed in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, but is generally considered 'Near Threatened', even though it was still abundant in the region around Morondava in 1961[
The roots and fruits are considered toxic[
Africa - eastern Madagascar.
Dry, deciduous forests, often on sandy soils, at elevations up to 500 metres[
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The plant is found in the wild on sandy soils[
The flowers can be bisexual or male[
The stem bark is used as a tonic and against fever[
Both the bark and seeds are very bitter and have been used to treat amoebiasis and oedema[
Two major alkaloids have been isolated from the plant.
From stems and root bark 4,7-dimethoxy-1-vinyl-beta-carboline was isolated[
A dimeric alkaloid, biogenetically related to the beta-carboline, kirondrin, was isolated from the root bark. Kirondrin has been used to treat amoebiasis and is found to be cytotoxic[
The 4-substituted beta-carbolines inhibit Ca2+ influx and interleukin-2 (IL-2) production, and some are well suited for preventing and treating immune disorders. Use and production of 4-substituted beta-carbolines are patented[
The yellowish wood has a coarse texture, is hard but light in weight. The wood is occasionally used for light construction in house building[
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