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Alepidea amatymbica

   (Family: Apiaceae)
   
Afrikaans: Kalmoes English: Larger tinsel flower Xhosa: Iqwili  EDIT
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Plant Type: EDIT  Shrub
Height: 2m
Special properties:
  Has Medicinal Uses
Rarity Status:
Common
   
Preferred rainfall: Summer
Preferred position:
Full Sun
Biome: Grassland
 
Flowering time EDIT
                       
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flower colours
 
White
Flower shape
 
  Flower info
  The flowering stalk is hollow and up to 2m in height, with numerous small white flowers arranged in dense, rounded heads.
 
 
Leaf shape EDIT
Leaf margin
Leaf type
 
  Leaf info EDIT
  Evergreen
  Dark green rosettes of oblong, markedly toothed leaves arising from a single or branched rhizome. The shape of the basal leaves and serrations and hairs along leaf margins are important to distinguish the different species of Alepidea.
 
 
 
  Seed info EDIT
 
 
 
Description EDIT
The plant is a robust perennial.
Growing EDIT
Distribution EDIT
Grows in grassland areas and occurs from the Eastern Cape northwards to Mpumalanga, the Northern Province and eastern Zimbabwe.
History EDIT
Uses EDIT
The rhizomes and roots are sold commercially in many parts of South Africa and are widely used for colds and chest complaints as well as for asthma, influenza and abdominal cramps.

Fresh rhizomes and roots are chewed or a decoction is made of the dried product, to which honey is normally added.

It is also administered as snuff or burned and inhaled. The smoke from burning roots is used as a mild sedative.
Ecology EDIT
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