Cussonia spicata (known as spiked cabbage tree, lowveld cabbage tree or common cabbage tree) is a tree in the Araliaceae family.
It occurs naturally in southern Africa and into tropical Africa.
It is cultivated as a garden plant and can reach a height of 15 meters. It does not tolerate extreme degrees of frost. It is one of the favorite foods for wild elephants.
It has been used in traditional African medicine and its medicinal properties are being investigated.
- A bark decoction is used in the treatment of malaria, and indigestion in a similar manner to tonic water
- A root decoction is used to treat fever, venereal disease, as well as a diuretic and laxative.
- A root bark decoction is used to treat mental illness.
- Minute 6-7; April 5 2009 episode)Naked Scientists
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