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Gardenia lutea

   (Family: Rubiaceae)
English: Cape Jasmine  EDIT
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Plant Type: EDIT  Shrub
Height: 1.8 - 2.4m
Special properties:
  Drought Resistant (heavy)
  Frost Tolerant (light)
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Preferred position:
Full Sun
Tolerated soil:  
  Sand (coarse texture, drains easily),
Clay (fine texture, holds a lot of water),
Loam (gritty, moist, and retains water easily)
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Leaf texture Waxy
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Description EDIT
An evergreen shrub with white flowers jasmine scented flowers and large fruit.
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History EDIT
Traditionally used medicinal plant.
Roots are boiled with the tendon of cow to cure impotence.

Ripe fruits, roots and leaves used as a tonic for malaria.

The extracts of Gardenia lutea and Sida rhombifolia have showed significant antimalarial activity.

Decoction of the fruit used for maleria, as a purgative and as a remedy for eye complaints.

In Sudan the fruit is used a fishing poison.
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  • Umberto Quattrocchi, (2014), CRC World dictionary of medicinal and poisonous plants,CRC Press  


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