Strophanthus amboensis

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Strophanthus amboensis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Gentianales
Family: Apocynaceae
Genus: Strophanthus
Species: S. amboensis
Binomial name
Strophanthus amboensis
(Schinz) Engl. & Pax
  • Strophanthus gossweileri H.Hess
  • Strophanthus hirsutus H.Hess
  • Strophanthus intermedius Pax
  • Strophanthus longicalyx H.Hess
  • Strophanthus paxii H.Hess
  • Strophanthus petersianus var. amboensis Schinz
  • Strophanthus schuchardtii Pax

Strophanthus amboensis grows as a deciduous shrub up to 4 metres (13 ft) tall, or as a liana up to 20 metres (66 ft) long, with a stem diameter up to 20 centimetres (7.9 in). Its flowers feature an orange-yellow turning purple corolla tube, white-streaked on the inside. Habitats are forest margins, scrubland or rock fissures, from 450 metres (1,480 ft) to 2,000 metres (6,600 ft) altitude. S. amboensis is used in local medicinal treatments for rheumatism, venereal diseases and scabies. The plant has been used as arrow poison.[2] S. amboensis is native to Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola and Namibia.[2][3]


  1. ^ "Strophanthus amboensis". The Plant List. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Medicinal Plants. PROTA. 2008. pp. 542–543. ISBN 978-9-05782-204-9. 
  3. ^ "Strophanthus amboensis". Encyclopedia of Life. Retrieved 18 July 2013.