Blumea decurrens (Vahl) Merxm.
Blumea gariepina DC.
Conyza arabica Willd.
Erigeron decurrens Vahl
Laggera arabica (Willd.) Deflers
Laggera gariepina (DC.) Randeria
Laggera decurrens is an erect, herbaceous perenial plant growing from 25 - 200cm tall. The leaves are a grey-green, the whole plant is densely covered in wooly hairs and is very aromatic[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and insect repellent.
Africa - the full range is not known, but it is found in drier areas, including in Algeria, Somalia, Yemen, Tanzania, Namibia, Botswana, S. Africa.
Found at elevations up to 1,830 metres[
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The whole plant is dried, then crushed and placed in a tin. Hot coals are added and the smoke is inhaled as a treatment for a range of complaints including malaria, headaches, exhaustion and leg problems[
The smoke produced from the smouldering, dried plant is an effective mosquito and general insect repellent[
]. It is also claimed that the smoke keeps elephants and lions at bay[
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