Syn.: Anthericum frutescens L., Bulbine caulescens L.
Family: Asphodelaceae Juss.
Bulbine frutescens
Distribution: Indigenous species of South Africa – from Cape Town to Swaziland and Limpopo. Genus Bulbine contains about 50 species – most of them from Africa, only 5 species from Australia.
Habitat: Dry, sandy or rocky areas, often on poor soils.
Description: Perennial herb up to 45 cm high, succulent grey-green leaves in basal clump, star-shaped yellow or orange flowers. Bulbine has a very long flowering period.
Use: The clear gel or sap from leaves is traditionally remedy for mosquito bites and to heal cuts, burns, rashes and eczema.
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Photo 26. 6. 2005 (Portugal, Madeira, periphery of Funchal).