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Traditional Medicinal Uses of Mondia whitei
Indications: Administered to people only. Caution: Harmful to people or animals.
Mondia whytei is truly a versatile and magical African herb. It is an excellent garden subject where a climber is needed for providing a shaded area. The roots are aromatic and apparently taste like ginger or liquorice and have an aroma reminding one of vanilla. Mondia whitei grows vigorously and is frost tender. Plant in a protected spot. (Wildflower Nursery)
Extinctions are believed to have occurred as a result of harvesting for medicinal use, wood extraction, agriculture and drainage of wetlands in at least seven (33%) of the locations south of the Tugela River. Furthermore, extinctions are also suspected to have occurred in a further six sites (29%) in Zululand between the Tugela River and Maputaland, as well as in Limpopo Province. It is suspected to be rare in the remaining sites because it is very infrequently seen, if at all. Therefore we suspect an over 50% decline in the last three generations (60 years) due to over-harvesting. This national assessment is not down listed because the closest subpopulations in Zimbabwe and Mozambique are disjunct, being more than 500 km away. (Credit: The Red List of South African Plants)
Arnold. T.H., Prentice, C.A., Hawker, L.C., Snyman, E.E., Tomalin, M., Crouch, N.R. and Pottas-Bircher, C. (2002). Medicinal and magical plants of southern Africa: an annotated checklist. Strelitzia 13. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria.
Wildflower Nursery – https://wildflowernursery.co.za/indigenous-plant-database/mondia-whytei/. Accessed on 2020/01/06