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Useful Tropical Plants

Bulbine capitata

Poelln.

Asphodelaceae

+ Synonyms

Bulbine asphodeloides otaviensis Poelln.

Bulbine lydenburgensis Poelln.

Bulbine stenophylla Verd.

Common Name:

Bulbine capitata

General Information

Bulbine capitata is a perennial plant producing rosettes of grass-like leaves from a short, woody, rhizome. The plant can be 20 - 45cm tall, gradually spreading to form small clumps[
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The plant is harvested from the wild for local medicinal use. It is occasionally sold in local markets.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

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Title
Flora Zambesiaca
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Website
http://apps.kew.org/efloras/fz/intro.html
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An excellent online flora of plants from the Zambezi River basin. It lists a number of the plant uses as well as the habitats and botanical descriptions of the plants.

Range

Southern Africa - Namibia, Botswana, Swaziland, S. Africa.

Habitat

Occurring in small clumps scattered in open grassland and thorn scrub on sandy soil, and on rocky hillsides at elevations of 975 - 1,050 metres in Botswana[
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Title
Flora Zambesiaca
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Author
 
Website
http://apps.kew.org/efloras/fz/intro.html
Publisher
 
Year
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ISBN
 
Description
An excellent online flora of plants from the Zambezi River basin. It lists a number of the plant uses as well as the habitats and botanical descriptions of the plants.
].

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *  *
HabitPerennial
Height0.30 m
PollinatorsBees
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

A root decoction is used as a mild purgative and to cure gonorrhoea[
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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A root decoction is applied to the skin to cure rashes and sexually transmitted diseases[
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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The plant is said to have antibiotic and antipyretic properties, but these remain unsubstantiated[
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The roots and leaves contain anthraquinones[
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Several isofuranonaphthoquinones from the roots have shown antioxidant activity in a human lipoprotein oxidation assay, some of them with activity comparable to that of quercetin, a flavonoid with established antioxidant activity. These compounds also demonstrated weak antiplasmodial activities in vitro[
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Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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Website
http://www.prota.org
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Year
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Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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