Strophanthus bracteatus Franch.
Strophanthus preussii is an evergreen plant, sometimes growing as a shrub up to 5 metres tall but more commonly adopting a twining habit and producing stems up to 12 metres long that grow into the surrounding trees for support[
]. The stems are up to 25mm in diameter[
]. The plant can become deciduous in drier conditions[
The plant is often grown as an ornamental, valued especially for its strikingly beautiful flowers with very long corolla tails[
]. The flowering branches are sometimes used as cut-flower[
The latex or seeds are used in arrow poison mixture, but because they are less toxic than those of Strophanthus gratus and Strophanthus hispidus, they are of second choice[
Tropical Africa - Sierra Leone to Uganda and Tanzania, south to Angola and DR Congo.
Primary and secondary moist forest, gallery forest, forest margins and clearings, at elevations from sea-level up to 1,400 metres[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Succeeds in full sun to partial shade[
]. Grows best in a fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil[
]. Prefers a slightly alkaline soil[
Plants can be kept shrub-like through pruning[
The young leaves are said to be cooked and eaten as a vegetable[
The latex, or the young leaves crushed in water, are applied to treat gonorrhoea[
The latex is put on sores and wounds to promote healing[
A leaf decoction is taken to treat post-partum pain[
Unlike the related species S. Gratus and S. Hispidus, the seeds of this species are not rich in cardiac glycosides[
The latex of the plant is used for coagulating the latex of Futumia elastica when making rubber[
A fibre obtained from the stems is used to make fishing lines, nets and ropes[
The stems are used to make bows[
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