Strophanthus gratus (Wallich & Hook. ex Benth.) Baill.
- Common Name: Climbing Oleander, Cream Fruit
- Family: Apocynaceae Juss.
- Country of Origin: Tropical West Africa
- Description: Scandent shrub, to 25 feet or more, glabrous; leaves oblong, to 6 inches long, short-acuminate, veins spreading at right angles to midrib; sepals broad, scarious, corolla white or tinged with pink, tube 1.5 inches long, lobes obovate, to 1 inch long, obtuse, never caudate, with crisped margins, appendages in sinuses lanceolate-subulate, rose-colored, exserted about 5/16 inch; follicles obtusely acuminate, to 15 inches long, seeds glabrous.
The cardiac drug strophanthin is derived from the seeds of this and a few other species.
- Culture: Frost-tender plants prefer a partly shaded position and fertile, humus-rich but well drained soil. Propagate from softwood cuttings or seeds.
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Flowering Data:This accession has been observed in bloom on:
- Accession # 198500457
- Source: Unknown
- Accession Date: 12-31-1985
- Bench: 3102 - PROD-W: 3x12 Bench
- Qty: 3 confirmed on 06-17-2013
- Division: Magnoliophyta
- Class: Magnoliopsida
- SubClass: euasterid I
- Order: Gentianales
- Family: Apocynaceae
- SubFamily: Apocynoideae
- Tribe: Wrightieae
Hortus Third, LH Bailey Hortorium, 1976
data regenerated on Mon, 17 Jun 2013 14:13:04 -0400