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A pineapple plant

A friend has this plant living in a pot on her balcony. Its called a pineapple plant, for obvious reasons, and is inidgenous to South Africa. While hiking in the Maloti Mountains, I was quite surprised to see one in the wild as I had assumed it was a sub-tropical plant. Does anyone have any more information about it?

Patrick

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The family is Eucomis, and this one might be E. autumnalis, though my botanist wife might correct me – there are 11 of them. She wrote about the medical properties of the plant for her PhD. It is a very popular traditional medicine. Decoctions of the bulb are administered for many ailments from lower backache to aiding in healing fractures and to facilitate childbirth.

https://www.plantzafrica.com/plantefg/eucomisautum.htm

Hey Steve

Cool plant and cool info.

You should get that botanist wife of yours to write a post or two 🙂

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