Orthanthera stricta Hiern
Orthanthera albida is an erect, much-branched shrub up to 1 metre tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and tooth cleanser.
Southwest tropical Africa - southern Angola, Namibia.
Semi-desert areas, near streams, in rocky, stony or sandy soils, at elevations from 300 - 800 metres[
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A plant of very dry areas in the tropics, growing in areas with a mean annual rainfall up to 400mm[
The flowers and fruits are sometimes eaten as a snack, while of the older fruits only the inner part is eaten after removal of the peel and the seeds[
The root is added to beer to improve its flavour[
A decoction of the crushed seeds is taken to treat kidney diseases and backache[
A decoction of the stems or roots. or chewing the stems or roots. relieves stomach-ache[
The stems are chewed in order to clean the teeth and maintain oral hygiene[
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