I. A genus of apocynaceous trees and shrubs, or climbers, of Africa and Asia, often with poisonous seeds. Some 20 species are described. 2 The seeds of a tropical plant, S. hispidus, or Kombe, yielding an arrow-poison. Its properties are due to strophanthin, GHO,,,, a glucosid, and inein, an alkaloid. In medical properties it closely resembles digitalis, producing loss of reflex sensibility and voluntary motion, but not to the same degree causing contraction of the arteries. Dose of the tincture gtt. v-x, of strophanthin, dose gr. tIt-sV’ hypodermati- cally.
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