Anomalopterys excelsa (A.Juss.) Kuntze
Banisteria arborea Bojer ex A.Juss.
Acridocarpus excelsus is a deciduous shrub or small tree growing up to 15 metres tall.
The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild as a local source of dyestuff and medicines.
Africa - Madagascar.
Humid littoral forest to dry deciduous forest and thickets, where it is usually found on dry, rocky and sandy soils, at elevations from sea-level up to 1,250 metres[
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The plant is usually found on dry, rocky and sandy soils[ in the wild[
The tree is somewhat resistant to bush and forest fires[
The bark is rich in tannins and is astringent[
]. A decoction is used as a treatment against diarrhoea and dysentery[
The bark is rich in tannins[
A deep red dye can be obtained from the bark[
]. The bark can be used fresh or dried; it is pounded and then boiled for 2 - 3 hours. The resultant decoction can be used to dye fibres deep red by simple immersion[
]. The fibres can also be mordanted afterwards by steeping them in a solution of tamarind (Tamarindus indica) ash, which produces a fast red-brown[
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