Boerhavia commersonii Baill.
Boerhavia dichotoma Vahl
Boerhavia plumbaginea Cav.
Boerhavia verticillata Poir.
Commicarpus commersonii (Baill.) Cavaco
Commicarpus verticillatus (Poir.) Standl.
Commicarpus plumbagineus is a perennial plant producing annual stems from a woody base. The stems, which can be 4 - 10 metres long, scramble over the ground or can climb into other plants[
The plant is often gathered from the wild for local medicinal use.
Africa - S. Africa, north through much of tropical Africa to the Mediterranean and southern Spain.
In forest and grassland, often beside rivers and water courses on a variety of soils at elevations up to 1,800 metres[
The roots and leaves are expectorant and, in large doses, emetic[
]. They are widely used to treat asthma.
A decoction of the leaves is used in the treatment of jaundice[
The leaves are boiled and made into poultices for application to ulcers and Guinea worm sores[
]. The ground leaves are applied to burns[
]. The crushed leaves are rubbed on swollen glands[
A leaf decoction, combined with the ash of burned stems is applied to wounds[
The crushed roots are applied to treat yaws, and a poultice from the roots is used to treat leprosy[
A decoction of the whole plant is used as laxative[
An infusion of the whole plant is used as an insecticide, especially to deal with parasites such as lice in humans and against other insects on camels[
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