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Volksmond Naam

Hi Spriggers

I have several plant images that I need help identifying in terms of a ‘volksmond naam’ (folk nomenclature) and, most importantly, a brief ‘story’ to go with it.

These names are more regional and do not have to be commonly known. Medicinal or common names will also do. I am researching my source material from a cultural rather than botanical perspective; linking the indigenous people of S.A. to the plants.

If anyone knows the plants medicinal/traditional uses, for example, it is would also be important that I know *who* (ethnic groups etc.) used them.

Many thanks, Claudia































7 replies on “Volksmond Naam”

hi claudia,

i found this on no.15, coral tree or erythrina caffra:

In South Africa, Erythrina caffra is seen as a royal tree: it is a much respected and admired tree in the Zulu culture and is believed to have magic properties. Specimens have been planted on the graves of many Zulu chiefs. In parts of the Eastern Cape, local inhabitants will not burn the wood of Erythrina caffra for fear of attracting lightning.

To start with searching for information, do you have the Latin names of these plants. I think that proceeding from there may result in finding information about medicinal/traditional uses…

i think no. 11 is wild dagga or leonotis leonurus that has gone to seed. if so, i found this:

wild dagga is widely used in traditional medicine to treat fevers, headaches, coughs, dysentery and many other conditions. It is also used as a remedy for snake bite and as a charm to keep snakes away.

Try www. for details
1 Plectranthus
2 Aloe barberae or A. Dichotoma
3 Protea
4 Crassula–not indigenous
5 Encephalartos
7 Leucospermum
9 and 10 Cotyledon
11Leonotis leonuris
13 and 14 Aloes
15 Erythrina caffra

Ther is a very good book called ” Medicinal Plants Of SA ” that might help if you are still looking authors Ben-Erik van Wyk , Bosch van Oudshoorn ,Nigel Gericke

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