Strophanthus boivinii

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Strophanthus boivinii
Strophanthus boivinii.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Gentianales
Family: Apocynaceae
Genus: Strophanthus
Species: S. boivinii
Binomial name
Strophanthus boivinii
  • Roupellina boivinii (Baill.) Pichon
  • Roupellina boivinii var. angustifolia (H.Perrier ex Pichon) Pichon
  • Roupellina boivinii var. boivinii
  • Roupellina boivinii var. grandiflora (Pichon) Pichon
  • Roupellina boivinii var. typica Pichon
  • Strophanthus aurantiacus hort. ex Duncan
  • Strophanthus boivinii var. angustifolius H.Perrier ex Pichon
  • Strophanthus boivinii var. grandiflorus Pichon
  • Strophanthus grevei Baill.

Strophanthus boivinii grows as a deciduous shrub or small tree sometimes up to 30 metres (98 ft) tall, with a bole diameter up to 40 centimetres (16 in). Its flowers feature a yellow-orange turning reddish brown corolla tube. Vernacular names for the plant include "wood shaving flower". Habitats are deciduous forests and thickets, from sea-level to 800 metres (2,600 ft) altitude. S. boivinii is used in local medicinal treatments for gonorrhoea, colic, wounds and itches. The plant is native to Madagascar and is also found in Réunion and Mauritius.[2]


  1. ^ "Strophanthus boivinii". The Plant List. Retrieved 19 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Medicinal Plants. PROTA. 2008. pp. 543–544. ISBN 978-9-05782-204-9.