Index
Kromme-Geelhout-Database

Species details

Genus

Genus : Acokanthera
Family: Apocynaceae (Dicotyledon)
Taxon : Flowering plant
Group : Plant

SPECIES
oppositifolia
NOTES

A shrub or small tree with milky sap and leathery, ovate, glossy leaves which have revolute margins. All parts of this plant are highly toxic and have been used in arrow poisons. Meat cooked over a fire made from this tree has proved fatal.


AUTHORITY
(Lam.) Codd
Sub Author
Conservation
Common
Habit
Shrub/tree
Land Invertebrate
n/a 


Colour
Notes: The fragrant white flowers are tinged pink and borne in dense axillary clusters. Fruit red, turning purple
Colour: White
Notes: Flowers sometimes pink tinged
Colour: Pink
Common Name
Common poison bush
Bushmans poison
Gewone gifboom
Boesmansgif
Habitat
NOTES: Found in the bush
HABITAT NAME: Bush
NOTES: Grows next to the river along the Kromme
HABITAT NAME: Riverside
Uses
Gastro-intestinal treatments
Snuffed, inhaled, rubbed into scarifications or used as an emetic for gastro-intestinal complaints
Tonics
Unspecified use
Anthelmintics
Unspecified use
Snakebite treatments
Unspecified use
Toxicity
Contains cardiac glycosides which have a digitalis like action
Animal treatments
Unspecified use
Food
Ripe fruit is said to be edible and is eaten by birds
Months
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
All year
Synonyms for Species
Acokanthera venenata



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