Ophiocaulon firingalavense Drake ex Jum.
Adenia firingalavensis is a deciduous, climbing shrub producing a main stem up to 2 metres tall and 50cm in diameter, from which grow climbing or scrambling stems that can be 15 metres long. The plant can climb into the surrounding vegetation, attaching itself by means of tendrils[
In spite of its large size and slow growth, it is grown by specialist collectors of succulents[
The plant is very toxic, it contains the cyanohydrin glycosides volkenin and tetraphyllin B[
Africa - western and southern Madagascar.
Sheltered places in the shade of dry forest, scrub and rocky areas derived from limestone, at elevations up to 500 metres[
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Succeeds in full sun and in partial shade[
]. Requires a well-drained soil[
A slow-growing plant[
The plant is very toxic and is only used medicinally by very experienced traditional healers[
A poor-quality fibre is extracted from the trunk[
The wax covering the trunk is occasionally collected[
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