Craspidospermum

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Craspidospermum
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Gentianales
Family: Apocynaceae
Genus: Craspidospermum
Bojer ex A.DC.[1]
Species: C. verticillatum
Binomial name
Craspidospermum verticillatum
Bojer ex Decne.
Synonyms[2]

Craspidospermum, (Malagasy: Vandrika), is a monotypic genus of plant in the Apocynaceae family endemic to Madagascar.[1] As of August 2013 the World Checklist of Selected Plant Families recognises the single species Craspidospermum verticillatum.[3]

Craspidospermum verticillatum grows as a tree up to 25 metres (82 ft) tall, with a trunk diameter of up to 50 centimetres (20 in). Its flowers feature a white or pale pink corolla, with pink or dark red throat. Habitat is rain forest from sea-level to 1,800 metres (5,900 ft) altitude. Local medicinal uses include as a treatment for pulmonary diseases and syphilis.[4] C. verticillatum is endemic to Madagascar.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Craspidospermum", World Checklist of Selected Plant Families, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, retrieved 16 August 2013 
  2. ^ "Craspidospermum verticillatum". The Plant List. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  3. ^ Search for "Craspidospermum", World Checklist of Selected Plant Families, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, retrieved 16 August 2013 
  4. ^ Medicinal Plants. PROTA. 2008. p. 196. ISBN 978-9-05782-204-9. 
  5. ^ Search for "Craspidospermum verticillatum", World Checklist of Selected Plant Families, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, retrieved 16 August 2013