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Eriocephalus africanus

   (Family: Asteraceae)
   
Afrikaans: Kapokbossie English: Wild rosemary, Cape Snow Bush  EDIT
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Plant Type: EDIT  Shrub
Height: 1m
Special properties:
  Drought Resistant (heavy)
  Has Medicinal Uses
Rarity Status:
Common
   
Preferred rainfall: Winter
Preferred position:
Full Sun
Tolerated soil:  
  Clay (fine texture, holds a lot of water)
Biome: Fynbos
 
Flowering time EDIT
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Flower colours
 
White
 
  Flower info
  Flowerheads small, often with membranous margins, discform or sparsely radiate.
 
 
Leaf shape EDIT
Leaf arrangement
 
  Leaf info EDIT
  Evergreen
  Tufts of narrow, sometimes forked, silvery-silky leaves. Mostly opposite.
 
 
 
  Seed info EDIT
  Fruit elliptical, woolly.
 
 
Description EDIT
Twiggy shrub to 1m with tufts of narrow, sometimes forked, silvery-silky leaves.
Bears small, flat-topped clusters of conspicuously radiate flowerheads at the branch tips, with blunt, white rays.
Growing EDIT
Distribution EDIT
Mostly clay or granite hillsides from southern Namaqualand to the Eastern Cape.
History EDIT
Uses EDIT
Brandy-based infusions of wild rosemary were used traditionally as a diuretic, but today the plant is an important source of aromatic essential oils for perfumes.

The use of this plant is recommended in traditional practice as a diuretic for the treatment of oedema, as a remedy for gynaecological and gastric disorders, as a diaphoretic and haemostatic.
Ecology EDIT
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References

 
  • John Manning,(2008),Field guide to Fynbos,Struik  
 
 

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