Kalanchoe crenata is closely related to Kalanchoe integra, and the two species have often been confused. It is not possible with any certainty to assign the available information on plant uses to either one of these species. Probably there is no practical difference in application[
Cotyledon aegyptiaca Lam.
Cotyledon crenata (Andrews) Vent.
Cotyledon deficiens Forssk.
Cotyledon nudicaulis Lam.
Cotyledon verea Jacq.
Kalanchoe brittenii Raym.
Kalanchoe coccinea Welw. ex Oliv.
Kalanchoe integra crenata (Andrews) Cufod.
Kalanchoe integra varea (Jacq.) Cufod.
Vereia aegyptiaca Steud.
Vereia crenata Andrews
Vereia nudicaulis Spreng.
Kalanchoe crenata is an erect or ascending, evergreen perennial growing 30 - 200cm tall. The fleshy stem is usually unbranched, growing from a strong taproot[
The plant is often harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine. It is sometimes grown in villages for its medicinal properties[
Widespread in tropical and southern Africa.
Found in a wide range of open, dry, stony habitats at elevations up to 2,000 metres. Sunny places at forest edges; roadsides, streams; often among rocks; scrub; bushland, grassland, mostly in moist and damp places; to 1600-2850 metres[
|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
The leaves are considered to be anthelmintic, antiemetic, antiseptic, antiinflammatory, cicatrizant, counter-irritant, galactogogue, sedative and tonic[
]. They are deemed to have both purifying and mitigating properties[
]. The boiled leaves are used as a sedative in the treatment of asthma[
]. One leaf soaked in water, when taken internally to treat palpitations, acts as a sedative[
]. A decoction is given as an enema to pregnant women as a tonic[
]. The leaf-sap is used as an antiemetic, to increase milk flow, and to calm intercostal and intestinal pain[
Leaves are put into cuts to staunch bleeding, and are rubbed on feverish infants[
]. The leaf-sap is used to cicatrize wounds, cure colds and treat eye and ear troubles[
The root and leaf-sap are used as an antimalarial[
A decoction of the whole plant , administered in the form of an enema, is used as an anthelmintic[
A root-decoction is taken by women in pregnancy as a tonic[
The fresh root is used as a snuff (or is chewed) to treat colds[
A trace of alkaloid has been reported in the leaves of Nigerian material and a strong presence in the roots[
Easy to propagate vegetatively - just one leaf with part of its stem, when set on the soil, will produce roots and grow into a new plant.
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