Plumbago auriculata Blume Plumbaginaceae Plumbago, Leadwort. Distribution: South Africa. It is used traditionally to treat warts, broken bones and wounds. It is taken as a snuff for headaches and as an emetic to dispel bad dreams. A stick of the plant is placed in the thatch of huts to ward off lightning.” Iwou (1993) reports other Plumbago species are used to cause skin blistering, treat leprosy, induce blistering, and to treat piles, parasites and to induce abortions. The genus name derives from the Latin for lead, but authors differ as to whether it was used as a treatment of lead poisoning, or that when it was used for eye conditions the skin turned the colour of lead. Photographed in the Medicinal Garden of the Royal College of Physicians, London.
- Dr Henry Oakeley
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A manual of the diseases of the human eye : intended for surgeons commencing practice, from the best national and foreign works, and in particular those of / Professor Beer ; with the observations of the editor, Charles H. Wheeler, translated from the original German work, and illustrated with cases and observations by George C. Monteath.
- Beer, Georg Josef, 1763-1821.