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BULBINELLA

BULBINELLA

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Bulbinella herb general information and therapeutic uses
Bulbinella herb general information and therapeutic uses

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Published by: IreneRains on Aug 21, 2013
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BULBINELLA
 
INDIGENOUS
 
Bulbine frutescens
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
B. asphodeloides
(Afrikaans:“wildekopiva”),
B. alooides
(Afrikaans: “rooistroom”),
B. natalensis
and B. narcissifolia(Afrikaans: “geelslangkop”). Bulbinella grows to a height of about 15cm.
LEAF SHAPE
This species is an aloe-like plant with sturdy, fleshy, narrow slightly tapered leaves thatgrow directly out the crown & contains a slimy gel.
FLOWERS
The yellow flowers are borne in elongated clusters on long, thin, flowering stems. Thehairy stamens are an easy way to distinguish
Bulbine
species from other similar plants.
PARTS USED
The gel from fresh leaves is used.
CHEMICAL CONSTITUENTS
Stems & roots contain anthraquinones (chrysophanol & knipholone), glycoproteins(aloctin A & aloctin B)
ACTIONS
Antibacterial
MEDICINAL
Externally – Insect bites & stings, itchy skin, fever blisters, chapped lips, dry skin, mouth ulcers,burns, blisters, rashes, pimples, cuts, boils, eczema, herpes

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