Rankkopieva, balsemkopiva (Afrikaans)
ORIGIN OF PLANT / HABITAT
Widely distributed in the eastern & northern parts of South Africa. There are severalspecies that are used medicinally, such as
and B. narcissifolia(Afrikaans: “geelslangkop”). Bulbinella grows to a height of about 15cm.
This species is an aloe-like plant with sturdy, fleshy, narrow slightly tapered leaves thatgrow directly out the crown & contains a slimy gel.
The yellow flowers are borne in elongated clusters on long, thin, flowering stems. Thehairy stamens are an easy way to distinguish
species from other similar plants.
The gel from fresh leaves is used.
Stems & roots contain anthraquinones (chrysophanol & knipholone), glycoproteins(aloctin A & aloctin B)
Externally – Insect bites & stings, itchy skin, fever blisters, chapped lips, dry skin, mouth ulcers,burns, blisters, rashes, pimples, cuts, boils, eczema, herpes