Strophanthus speciosus grows as either a shrub up to 4 metres (13 ft) tall or as a liana up to 16 metres (52 ft) long, with a stem diameter up to 3 centimetres (1.2 in). Its flowers feature a white turning orange corolla, red-streaked on the inside. Vernacular names for the plant include "common poison rope" and "forest poison rope ". Habitats are forests and their margins from 300 metres (980 ft) to 1,400 metres (4,600 ft) altitude. Local medicinal uses of S. speciosus include snakebite treatment. The plant has also been used as arrow poison.S. speciosus is native to Zimbabwe, South Africa and Swaziland. It contains the toxic glycosidestrophanthin.