Bulbine asphodeloides otaviensis Poelln.
Bulbine lydenburgensis Poelln.
Bulbine stenophylla Verd.
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[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local medicinal use. It is occasionally sold in local markets.
Southern Africa - Namibia, Botswana, Swaziland, S. Africa.
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[
A root decoction is used as a mild purgative and to cure gonorrhoea[
A root decoction is applied to the skin to cure rashes and sexually transmitted diseases[
The plant is said to have antibiotic and antipyretic properties, but these remain unsubstantiated[
The roots and leaves contain anthraquinones[
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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