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 Post subject: Honey Flower - Melianthus comosus
Unread postPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2011 3:34 pm 
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Can anyone help with ID of this shrub, seen close to a spruit at MZNP in September 2011.

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 Post subject: Re: Plant ID needed
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Hi Arks

The plant in your photos is Melianthus comosus, in afrikaans "Kruidjie-roer-my-nie" (not sure of the common name in English)

This plant is used for the treatment of sores, backache, septic wounds, bruises and a good few more.

The leaves, when rubbed or crushed, emmits an unpleasant smell.


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 Post subject: Re: Plant ID needed
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Thanks for your quick and interesting reply, brian. I googled the latin name, and the English is given as "honey plant" — which would seem to me to be rather opposite of what the Afrikaans name (as translated in my dictionary) means! :roll: :wink:

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