Salacia luebbertii is a small shrub with erect, usually unbranched stems growing 30 - 60cm tall[
The plant supplies a highly valued edible fruit for the local population. It is commonly harvested from the wild, both as a food and also for its medicinal uses.
Southern Africa - southern Angola, Zambia, Namibia, Botswana.
Mixed woodland and thickets on Kalahari Sand[
Plants are always found on sandy soils in the wild[
Fruit - raw[
]. The fruit is broken up and the sweet-tasting pulp is sucked off the seeds[
]. The pale orange-yellow to red, globose fruit can be 26 - 30mm in diameter, containing one, sometimes two or three, flattened seeds[
A decoction of the roots is used in the treatment of chest pains[
A strong, all-purpose medicine is made with the leaves and roots, in combination with other herbs such as the roots of Securidaca longepedunculata plus the roots and leaves of Diospyros chamaethamnus[
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