Scientific Name: Acokanthera oppositifolia
Common names: Common Poison-bush
Description: A shrub or small tree up to 3.5 m height, it can reach occasionally 6 m, it occurs all over eastern and central Africa and also some scattered places in the west.
Medical uses: This plant and ALL it's parts are extremely poisonous, it contain several cardiac glycosides of which Acovenoside A is the major compound, with minor constituents which include the well known hunting poison ingredient Ouabain. Acovenoside A is highly toxic and can cause death even with minute doses.
A infusion of the root bark are used to treat excessive and irregular menstruation.
Small doses of the plant are taken orally, and some applied topically for the treatment of toothache.
Other medical uses include the treatment of colds, anthrax and tapeworm.
Superstition uses: It was used in homicide