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Plant: Monkey's Tail (Xerophyta retinervis)

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Plant: Monkey's Tail (Xerophyta retinervis)

Unread postby bentley » Wed Apr 29, 2009 12:59 pm

What would the name of this plant be ?
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Re: Plant ID needed

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Wed Apr 29, 2009 3:23 pm

Looks like Baboons Tail??
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Re: Plant ID needed

Unread postby bentley » Fri May 01, 2009 10:53 am

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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Re: Plant ID needed

Unread postby Imberbe » Tue May 26, 2009 11:47 am

@ 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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