Index
Kromme-Geelhout-Database

Species details

Genus

Genus : Withania
Family: Solanaceae (Dicotyledon)
Taxon : Flowering plant
Group : Plant

SPECIES
somnifera
NOTES

A small shrub with hairy leaves.


AUTHORITY
(L.) Dun.
Sub Author
Conservation
Uncommon
Habit
Shrub
Land Invertebrate
n/a 


Colour
Notes: Hairy green flowers are borne in small clusters. The calyx enlarges in the fruit and becomes bladder-like
Colour: Green
Common Name
Poisonous gooseberry
Winter cherry
Geneesbossie
Geneesblaar
Bitterappellifie
Meidjieblaar
Spanjoolbossie
Stuipbossie
Vernietbossie
Vuilsiektebossie
Habitat
NOTES: Thus far only recorded from the island
HABITAT NAME: Riverside
Uses
Venereal disease treatments
Bulbs and roots are used
Gastro-intestinal treatments
Given to infants and children for gastro-intestinal complaints
Fever treatments
Used as a febrifuge for infants and children
Nervous treatments
Used as an enema
Skin treatments
Used as a poultice for skin sores and abscesses and to treat growths
Magical uses
Widely used in many parts of Africa for a variety of ailments
Toxicity
Known to contain poisonous principles
Animal treatments
A paste is used for saddle sores on horses
Ringworm treatments
Green berries are rubbed on the skin
Months
August
September
October
November
December
January
February
March
April
May
June
Synonyms for Species
Physalis somnifera
Withania microphysalis



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