Index
Kromme-Geelhout-Database

Species details

Genus

Genus : Boophone
Family: Amaryllidaceae (Monocotyledon)
Taxon : Flowering plant
Group : Plant

SPECIES
disticha
NOTES

A plant to 25 cm with a large bulb. Leaves with wavy edges grow in two upright rows. Leaves are dry at the time of flowering. The whole plant is extremely toxic.


AUTHORITY
(L.f.) Herb.
Sub Author
Conservation
Protected
Habit
Herbaceous
Land Invertebrate
n/a 


Colour
Notes: The pink to red flowers grow in a rounded head. The pedicels elongate in the fruit. Once dry the head breaks off and rolls along in the veld
Colour: Pink
Common Name
Sore eye flower
Gifbol
Poison bulb
Oxbane
Habitat
NOTES: Only found on hillside above Morrison-Youthed pump house
HABITAT NAME: Veld
Uses
Wound treatments
Dry outer bulb scales are used as a dressing after circumcision and also on boils or septic wounds
Arrow poisons
The alkaloids from this plant are extremely toxic
Pain treatments
Weak bulb decoctions are used orally or as an enema for headaches and abdominal pain. Higher doses induce hallucinations and very high doses can be fatal
Skin treatments
Unspecified usage
Nervous treatments
Unspecified usage
Toxicity
The whole plant is extremely toxic
Synonyms for Species
Boophone longipedicellata



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