Alafia landolphioides

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Alafia landolphioides
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Gentianales
Family: Apocynaceae
Genus: Alafia
Species: A. landolphioides
Binomial name
Alafia landolphioides
(A.DC.) K.Schum[1]
  • Alafia scandens (Thonn.) De Wild.
  • Blastrophe scandens (Thonn.) Didr.
  • Holarrhena landolphioides A.DC.

Alafia landolphioides, syn. Alafia scandens, grows as a liana up to 20 metres (66 ft) long, with a stem diameter of up to 2.5 centimetres (1 in). Its fragrant flowers feature a white corolla, dark red at the throat. The fruit is dark brown with paired cylindrical follicles, each up to 45 centimetres (18 in) in diameter.

Its habitat is forest and savanna, from sea-level to 1,000 metres (3,300 ft) altitude. Local medicinal uses include as a treatment for rheumatism. The plant has been used as arrow poison.[2] Alafia landolphioides grows natively in countries from Senegal in the west through West Africa to the Democratic Republic of Congo.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Alafia landolphioides". World Checklist of Selected Plant Families (WCSP). Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Retrieved 8 July 2017. 
  2. ^ Medicinal Plants. PROTA. 2008. p. 52. ISBN 978-9-05782-204-9.