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Strophanthus

Pronunciation: stro-fan'thus

Definition: 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]

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