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Day 2 of #BlackBotanistsWeek
I will be sharing some info about the study species for my Masters research 'Dodonaea viscosa' and it's #PlantInteractions with humans. It is commonly known as hop bush, sandolive and 'ysterhoud' which translates to ironwood.
When you look at the surface of its leaves you see that it's shiny and it also feels sticky. This is due to the exudation of various compounds that the plant produces. These compounds are broadly known as flavonoids, terpenoids, and saponins.
The combination of these phytochemicals gives the plant medicinal properties. It is used as traditional medicine by people across the globe. The leaves are usually seeped in boiling water and consumed as a tea to treat ailments such as fever and influenza.
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