Osyridicarpos kirkii Engl.
Osyridicarpos mildbraedianus T.C.E.Fr.
Osyridicarpos natalensis A.DC.
Osyridicarpos scandens Engl.
Thesium schimperianum Hochst. ex A.Rich.
Leaves and flower buds, Krantzkloof Nature Reserve
Photograph by: JMK
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Osyridicarpos schimperianus is a pendant, scrambling or climbing, hemi-parasitic shrub with many ascending branches; the stems can be 1 - 5 metres long[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local medicinal use. The leaves and stems are traded by traditional medicine sellers in S. Africa, but the use appears to be undocumented[
Eastern Africa - Eritrea to S. Africa.
Dry slopes with open scrub, evergreen scrub hedges; upland dry evergreen forest and associated bushland; less often in wetter forests, along rivers, deciduous bushland; forest margins and understorey; miombo woodland; termite mounds[
A root decoction is drunk as a treatment for malaria[
]. The roots are soaked in water, which is then drunk in order to reduce excessive swelling of the breasts[
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