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 Post subject: Plant: Monkey's Tail (Xerophyta retinervis)
Unread postPosted: Wed Apr 29, 2009 12:59 pm 
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What would the name of this plant be ?
Pic was taken in the southern region of Kruger on route from Malelane gate towards Croc bridge and no river beds in close proximity...
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 Post subject: Re: Plant ID needed
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Looks like Baboons Tail??

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 Post subject: Re: Plant ID needed
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Thanx JR.. :hmz: seems like a pretty tough plant to still be alive 'n kicking after going through a veld fire

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 Post subject: Re: Plant ID needed
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@ Bentley. Yes it is the Bobejaanstert / Monkey's tail. or Xerophyta retinervis.

As you mentioned, it is an extremely hardy plant often found in rocky areas on hills. It is widely distributed in the grassland areas in the north of SA. Fire does nothing to it, only scorching the outside black. It has either white or mauve coloured flowers.

Medicinally it is used to treat asthma (smoked) and nose bleeding. It also has anti-inflamatory properties.

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