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Honey Flower - Melianthus comosus

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Honey Flower - Melianthus comosus

Unread postby arks » Fri Nov 18, 2011 3:34 pm

Can anyone help with ID of this shrub, seen close to a spruit at MZNP in September 2011.

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Re: Plant ID needed

Unread postby brian schrenk » Fri Nov 18, 2011 6:16 pm

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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Re: Plant ID needed

Unread postby arks » Fri Nov 18, 2011 6:48 pm

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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