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Cancer Bush

Sutherlandia frutescens


Sutherlandia frutescens (Cancer bush, Balloon pea, Sutherlandia; syn. Colutea frutescens L., Lessertia frutescens (L.) Goldblatt & J.C.Manning) is a southern African legume which has traditionally been used as an indigenous medicine for a variety of ailments. It is a shrub with bitter, aromatic leaves. Red-orange flowers appear in spring to mid-summer. An infusion made from the leaves is a traditional remedy for fever, chicken pox, flu, rheumatism, hemorrhoids, diarrhea, and stomach and liver problems. In modern times, S. frutescens has a reputation as a cure for cancer and for treating the symptoms of HIV/AIDS. However, there is no scientific support for the claims that this plant can cure cancer or AIDS, though some preliminary evidence exists suggesting a potential benefit in aiding immune disorders

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Wendy Clapham
Wendy Clapham 6 years ago

Hello Smith's, please can you add to the mission: http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/1865...
Medicinal plants of Southern Africa, this would be the queen of them!

Smith'sZoo 6 years ago

Thanks Wendy, there is a sandy area behind the local sports fields in Fish Hoek and this cancer bush is positively thriving there!

Wendy Clapham
Wendy Clapham 6 years ago

Very interesting to see this on the peninsula!

Smith'sZoo 6 years ago

Dankie Ietermagog!

Ietermagog 6 years ago

Beautiful pics!

Smith'sZoo 6 years ago

Yes, I fear this one likes dry sandy areas.

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Western Cape, South Africa

Lat: -34.13, Long: 18.40

Spotted on Nov 10, 2012
Submitted on Feb 2, 2013

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