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Aster Bakeranus

   (Family: Asteraceae)
   
Xhosa: unozixekana  EDIT
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Plant Type: EDIT  Shrub
Height: 0.5m
Special properties:
  Has Medicinal Uses
Rarity Status:
Common
   
 
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Flower colours
 
Purple
 
White
Flower shape
Flower type
 
  Flower info
  Inflorescences solitary or few on long erect stalks; involucral bracts 1 cm long, shortly hairy; flower-head up to c 4 cm diam; ray-florets white or mauve, c 1,3 cm long; disc-florets yellow.
 
 
Leaf shape EDIT
 
 
Leaf size 060mm
  Leaf info EDIT
  Evergreen
  Leaves stalkless, lance-shaped, blunt or pointed, margins toothless (minute teeth present occasionally) c 6 cm long x 1 cm wide.
 
 
 
  Seed info EDIT
 
 
 
Description EDIT
This plant is a herbaceous perennial with one to several annual stems of up to about half a metre in height, developing from a perennial woody base.
Growing EDIT
Distribution EDIT
Widely distributed in the grassland areas of South Africa, from George in the Eastern Cape eastwards and northwards as far as Tanzania.
Endemic but rare in Swaziland.
History EDIT
Uses EDIT
As a traditional headache remedy, the dried roots are powdered and used as snuff to induce sneezing.

The roots may also be pounded and mixed with water to clean the nostrils.

Decoctions are strongly emetic and have a purgative action.
It has been used as a snake bite remedy and for venereal disease and stomach complaints.
It may also be injected as an enema to treat severe stomach pain and intestinal parasites.
Ecology EDIT
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References

 
  • Ben-Erik van Wyk, (2005), Medicinal Plants of South Africa ,Briza Publications  
 
 

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