The medicinal use of some weeds, problem and alien plants in the Grahamstown and Peddie districts of the Eastern Cape, South Africa.

Dold, A.P. and Cocks, M.L. (2000) The medicinal use of some weeds, problem and alien plants in the Grahamstown and Peddie districts of the Eastern Cape, South Africa. South African Journal of Science, 96 (9/10). pp. 467-473. ISSN 0038-2353

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Abstract

A List of 33 medicinal plants of exotic or indigenous origin, listed as problem plants or declared weeds, is presented. The cultural uses of these plants should be taken into account when weed legislation in South Africa is considered. Of these species, six have no previous medicinal uses recorded in the literature surveyed and 21 species have additional, previously unrecorded uses. Nine previously unrecorded Xhosa names for plants are documented. Plant use categories and indigenous knowledge is discussed regarding the recorded species. The use of alien plants shows that African traditional healing is not static, but dynamic and adaptive.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Alien plants, Medicinal plants, Weeds, Therapeutic use, Eastern Cape (South Africa)
Subjects:Y Unknown > Subjects to be assigned
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Science > Botany
Research Institutes and Units > Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER)
ID Code:563
Deposited By: Ms Vivien Botha
Deposited On:03 May 2007
Last Modified:06 Jan 2012 16:18
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