Strychnos thyrsiflora Gilg
Flowering stem (the flowers are rather small towards the tip of the stem)
Photograph by: Ehoarn Bidault
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[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use
West tropical Africa - Ghana to DR Congo.
Dense rainforest, including the more open secondary formations; gallery forest; at elevations from sea-level up to 700 metres[
The seeds are put into a calabash containing embers and the smoke is inhaled to treat tuberculosis in children[
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[
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