Tabernaemontana crassa

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Tabernaemontana crassa
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Gentianales
Family: Apocynaceae
Genus: Tabernaemontana
Species: T. crassa
Binomial name
Tabernaemontana crassa
Benth.
Synonyms[1]

Tabernaemontana crassa 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 to pale yellow corolla lobes. Habitat is in forests or on coastlines from sea-level to 2,000 metres (6,600 ft) altitude. Its numerous local medicinal uses include as an anaesthetic, as a haemostatic, as an anthelmintic and in the treatment of rheumatism, kidney problems, rickets and conjunctivitis. It has also been used as arrow poison.[2] T. crassa is native to Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Republic of the Congo and Democratic Republic of the Congo.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tabernaemontana crassa". The Plant List. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  2. ^ Medicinal Plants. PROTA. 2008. pp. 589–592. ISBN 978-9-05782-204-9. 
  3. ^ "Tabernaemontana crassa". Encyclopedia of Life. Retrieved 4 August 2013.