Jatropha brachyadenia Pax & K.Hoffm.
Jatropha zeyheri is a perennial, somewhat succulent, monoecious, densely hairy herb producing stems up to 30cm long that are usually erect but are sometimes prostrate[
The plant is sometimes gathered from the wild for local medicinal use.
The plants are poisonous[
Southern Africa - Zimbabwe, Botswana, Swaziland, S. Africa.
Wooded grassland with scattered shrubs, in mopane woodland on sand, also in disturbed areas, at elevations of 900 - 1,250 metres[
Internal use of this plant should be carried out with care since overdoses are poisonous[
An infusion of the rhizome is used to treat uterine pain, irregular periods, leg and feet pain, and is given as an emetic to treat food poisoning[
]. A decoction is taken to treat headache and cough, and also as a blood purifier and purgative[
The powdered rhizome is applied externally to wounds, boils and burns to speed up the healing process[
]. Young shoots are rubbed in for this purpose, or plant sap is applied[
The daphnane diterpenoid jaherin, isolated from the plant, has shown some antimicrobial activity[
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