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Scientific Name: Bowiea volubilis
Alternative Names: Igibisila (Zu), Umagaqana (Xho)

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Bowiea volubilis
Bowiea volubilis
Bowiea volubilis


  • Perennial
  • Indigenous to South Africa.
  • Vulnerable species that has become extinct in the wild.
  • Dies back in winter.

Parts Used

  • The bulb and bulb scales.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Bladder problems, sterility in woman, oedema.
  • Cleanses the blood, treat sore eyes, skin complaints, dropsy, headaches and used as a love charm.
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