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February

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This month's genus:


Strychnos


Subclass: Dicotyledoneae
Superorder: Asteridae
Order: Gentianiales
Family: Loganiaceae
Tribe: Strychneae
Number of Species: about 200
Root: appears to be derived from the Latin "strychnon", for "nightshade".

The genus Strychnos is made up of tropical woody species, many of them producing potent alkaloids, including the well known poison strychnine, and the probably not-so-well known poison curare.

Here are a few links to images and descriptions of different Strychnos species:


References:

  1. Heywood, V.H., ed. Flowering Plants of the World. New York, Oxford University Press: 1993.
  2. Encyclopaedia Brittanica Online: Strychnos.

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