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Useful Tropical Plants

Strychnos phaeotricha

Gilg

Loganiaceae

+ Synonyms

Strychnos thyrsiflora Gilg

Common Name:

Strychnos phaeotricha
Flowering stem (the flowers are rather small towards the tip of the stem)
Photograph by: Ehoarn Bidault
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General Information

Strychnos phaeotricha is a climbing shrub producing stems that can be up to 50 metres long and 2 - 7cm in diameter. The plant can grow into the forest canopy, attaching itself by means of tendrils[
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Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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http://www.prota.org
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Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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332
Title
The Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
Burkil. H. M.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
1985 - 2004
ISBN
 
Description
Brief descriptions and details of the uses of over 4,000 plants. A superb, if terse, resource, it is also available electronically on the Web - see http://www.aluka.org/
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The plant is harvested from the wild for local use

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

736
Title
Flora of West Tropical Africa
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Website
http://plants.jstor.org/search?st=2025
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0
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Description
An online flora, not yet complet (2012). Very comprehensive as regards to species covered, but the information on each species is often rather terse.

Range

West tropical Africa - Ghana to DR Congo.

Habitat

Dense rainforest, including the more open secondary formations; gallery forest; at elevations from sea-level up to 700 metres[
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Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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Website
http://www.prota.org
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Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitClimber
Height30.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The seeds are put into a calabash containing embers and the smoke is inhaled to treat tuberculosis in children[
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Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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Preliminary chemical analysis shows that the plant has a low alkaloid content. The tertiary indole alkaloids of the bark have weak muscle-relaxant and convulsant activities[
299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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