African Spider Flower
Herb: African Spider Flower
Latin name: Cleome gynandra
Synonyms: Gynandropsis gynandra, Gynandropsis pentaphylla
Family: Capparidaceae (Caper Family)
Medicinal use of African Spider Flower:A decoction of the root is used to treat fevers. The juice of the root is used to relieve scorpion stings. The leaves, applied as a poultice, are used as a vesicant and rubefacient in the treatment of rheumatism. The juice of the leaves is a remedy for pain in the ear. The seeds are anthelmintic and rubefacient. The whole plant is used in the treatment of scorpion stings and snake bites.
Description of the plant:
(4 1/4 foot)
Habitat of the herb:Open areas and uncultivated land to an elevation of 300 metres in Nepal.
Propagation of African Spider Flower:Seed - surface sow or only lightly cover the seed in spring in a greenhouse. The seed usually germinates in 5 - 14 days at 25°C. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in late spring. Day time temperatures below 20°C depress germination but a night time fall to 20° is necessary.
Cultivation of the herb:Open areas and uncultivated land to an elevation of 300 metres in Nepal.
Known hazards of Cleome gynandra:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.