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Lion’s Tail

3The Lion’s tail (leonotis leonurus) is just one of the many plants at Kololo that grows beautiful flowers. It is also known as Wild daggan Afrikaans, which is similar to Dutch: “Duiwels Tabak”. The scientific name – Leonotis is derived from the Greek word, (leon) meaning lion. The – (Otis) meaning ear. This refers to the pubescent upper lip of each flower that resembles a lion’s ear, hence yet another name (Lion’s ear) It is part of the family lamiaceac (mint), and crushed leaves has a strong herby smell. The plant is a large, broadleaf, fast growing, evergreen shrub native to and very common in Southern Africa. It has attractive tubular orange flowers which is very typical for the mint family. The flowers attracts many insect species and birds – mainly sunbirds in summer. Lions Tail can also be found in California, Hawaii and Australia.

Uses of Wild Dagga/Lion’s Tail

This beautiful looking plant is used for decoration purposes in gardens, and the fact that it attracts birds makes them even more popular.
This plant is widely used in traditional medicines to treat a wide range of ailments. The roots are used to treat stings and bites from insects, scorpions and even snakes. External mixtures are applied to remedy boils and other skin complaints and also muscular cramps. Studies done on animals in South Africa have indicated that the extracts of the leafcontained anti-nociceptive, anti-inflammatory, and antidiabetic properties that could aid in the control of painful, arthritic, and other inflammatory conditions including adult-onset, type-2 diabetes mellitus.

The Lion’s tail is for curtain one of the most useful plants in South Africa regarding medicine. However, a study that was done on female rats in 2008, shows that when they are exposed to high doses of the extracts from this plant, it could be fatal. Scientists and doctors have therefor advised caution when using this plant.

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Prince Makgai

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