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Jul 7, 2020 5 tweets 3 min read
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.
#PlantPeopleInteractions 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.
Jul 6, 2020 9 tweets 4 min read
Day 1 of #BlackBotanistsWeek
My name is Mizpah Hoffman and I am a South African botanist who specializes in medicinal plant biology, phytochemistry and ethnobotany. Growing Dodonaea viscosa which is a medicinal plant and was Growing up the use of plant herbal remedies was a common practice in our household, from preparing Aloe juice with Aloe picked from our backyard, to growing a small mint bush and adding it to rooibos tea. As a child I think I learnt about plants partly through my sense of taste.