Tabernaemontana ventricosa

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Tabernaemontana ventricosa
Tabernaemontana ventricosa.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Gentianales
Family: Apocynaceae
Genus: Tabernaemontana
Species: T. ventricosa
Binomial name
Tabernaemontana ventricosa
Hochst. ex A.DC.
Synonyms[1]
  • Conopharyngia rutshuruensis De Wild.
  • Conopharyngia usambarensis (K.Schum ex Engl.) Stapf
  • Conopharyngia ventricosa (Hochst. ex A.DC.) Stapf
  • Domkeocarpa pendula Markgr.
  • Sarcopharyngia ventricosa (Hochst. ex A.DC.) Boiteau
  • Tabernaemontana usambarensis K.Schum ex Engl.

Tabernaemontana ventricosa grows as a shrub or small tree up to 15 metres (49 ft) tall, with a trunk diameter of up to 30 centimetres (12 in). Its fragrant flowers feature white with pale yellow corolla lobes. Fruit is dark green, with 2 ellipsoids, up to 10 centimetres (3.9 in) in diameter. Vernacular names for the plant include "forest toad tree". Habitat is forests from sea-level to 1,850 metres (6,070 ft) altitude. Local medicinal uses include the treatment of wounds, fever and hypertension.[2] The plant is native to Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa.[2][3][4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tabernaemontana ventricosa". The Plant List. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Medicinal Plants. PROTA. 2008. pp. 597–598. ISBN 978-9-05782-204-9. 
  3. ^ "Tabernaemontana ventricosa". Encyclopedia of Life. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Tabernaemontana ventricosa". Flora of Zimbabwe. Retrieved 4 August 2013.