Strophanthus courmontii

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Strophanthus courmontii
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Gentianales
Family: Apocynaceae
Genus: Strophanthus
Species: S. courmontii
Binomial name
Strophanthus courmontii
Sacleux ex Franch.

Strophanthus courmontii grows as a deciduous liana up to 22 metres (72 ft) long or as a shrub up to 4 metres (13 ft) tall, with a stem diameter up to 10 centimetres (3.9 in). Its fragrant flowers feature a white turning red and purple corolla tube, yellow with purple streaks inside. Habitats are forests and riverine thickets, from sea-level to 1,400 metres (4,600 ft) altitude. S. courmontii is used in local medicinal treatments for rheumatism and as an aphrodisiac.[1] The plant is native to Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Medicinal Plants. PROTA. 2008. pp. 543–544. ISBN 978-9-05782-204-9. 
  2. ^ "Strophanthus courmontii". Flora of Zimbabwe. Retrieved 20 July 2013.