Lythrum rigidulum Sond.
Nesaea mucronata Koehne
Nesaea rigidula is an erect or decumbent shrublet with branched stems produced from a woody taproot; it can grow 8 - 35cm tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local medicinal use.
Southern Africa - southern Angola, Zambia, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, S. Africa.
Edges of marshes and rivers, flooded grassland areas, alluvial plains, cracks in limestone, etc; at elevations around 950 - 1,220 metres[
Considered to be a very strong medicine, the root is chewed or taken as an infusion to treat a range of stomach ailments including severe diarrhoea[
]. A decoction of the root is said to be an effective treatment for chest ailments[
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