Perlebia urbaniana (Schinz) A.Schmitz
Bauhinia urbaniana is a multi-stemmed, slender shrub growing 1 - 3 metres tall. The plant sometimes adopts a more scrambling habit with branches up to 5 metres long[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local medicinal use.
Southern Africa - southern Angola, northern Namibia, Zambia, Botswana.
Open thickets; Baikiaea-Copaifera bush; Julbernandia paniculata-Cryptosepalum woodland; Kalahari sand; at elevations around 900 - 1,050 metres[
]. Woodland, usually on sandy soils[
The cut fresh roots are cooked in water and the decoction is taken as a strengthening tonic for adults in case of any serious sickness[
The dried, powdered roots are mixed with vaseline and babies are rubbed with the mixture as a protection against sickness[
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