strophanthus


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strophanthus

(strəʊˈfænθəs)
n
1. (Plants) any small tree or shrub of the apocynaceous genus Strophanthus, of tropical Africa and Asia, having strap-shaped twisted petals. The seeds of certain species yield the drug strophanthin
2. (Plants) the seeds of any of these plants
[C19: New Latin, from Greek strophos twisted cord + anthos flower]
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Noun1.strophanthus - any of various shrubs or small trees of the genus Strophanthus having whorled leaves and showy flowers of various colors in dense and corymbose clustersstrophanthus - any of various shrubs or small trees of the genus Strophanthus having whorled leaves and showy flowers of various colors in dense and corymbose clusters; some have poisonous seeds
genus Strophanthus - genus of tropical Asiatic and African shrubs and woody vines and small trees
Strophanthus kombe - plant that is a source of strophanthin
bush, shrub - a low woody perennial plant usually having several major stems
References in classic literature ?
But where the conical explosive bullets of the twentieth century were of no avail, the poisoned arrows of the natives, dipped in the juice of strophanthus and steeped afterwards in decayed carrion, could succeed.
purpurea (foxglove), Adonis microcarpa and Adonis vernalis (adonis), Apocynum cannabinum (black Indian hemp), Asclepias curassavica (redheaded cotton bush), Asclepias fruticosa (balloon cotton), Calotropis procera (king's crown), Carissa spectabilis (wintersweet), Cerebera manghas (sea mango), Cheiranthus cheiri (wallflower), Convallaria majalis (lily of the valley, convallaria), Cryptostegia grandiflora (rubber vine), Helleborus niger (black hellebore), Helleborus viridis, Nerium oleander (oleander), Plumeria rubra (frangipani), Selenicereus grandiflorus (cactus grandiflorus), Strophanthus hispidus and Strophanthus kombe (strophanus), Thevetia peruviana (yellow oleander), and Urginea maritima (squill).