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A genus of vines of east Africa (family Apocynaceae); the dried ripe seeds of Strophanthus kombe or Strophanthus hispidus contain the cardiac glycoside strophanthin and were used as an arrow poison; the seeds of Strophanthus gratus are the botanic source of ouabain.
[G. strophos, a twisted cord, + anthos, flower]
Strophanthus(strō-făn′thŭs) [Gr. strophos, twisted cord, + anthos, flower]
A genus of plants yielding a poisonous, white, crystalline glucoside, previously used as a heart stimulant.
an African plant genus in the family Apocynaceae; contain cardiac glycosides, e.g. ouabain, strophanthin; are highly poisonous. Includes S. gratus, S. kombé.