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Insects and related species: Antlions - Ants - Bees - Beetles - Bugs - Butterflies, Moths and Caterpillars - Centipedes and Millipedes - Cockroaches - Crickets - Dragonflies and Damselflies - Grasshoppers and Katydids - Mantis - Stick Insects - Ticks and Mites - Wasps - Woodlice
Plants, Trees, Flowers: (Note: Unless plants fall into a specific species such as Cacti, they have been classified by their flower colour to make them easier to find) Bonsai - Cacti, Succulents, Aloes, Euplorbia - Ferns and Cycads - Flowers - Fungi, Lichen and Moss - Grass - Trees
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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Hairy Star-flower (Hypoxis hemerocallidea) Hypoxidaceae

Hairy Star-flower (Hypoxis hemerocallidea)  family Hypoxidaceae

This is also known as the “African potato” but is not edible as such and is actually poisonous.

It contains anti-cancer properties and used in traditional medicine for treatment of prostate cancer, tuberculosis, bladder disorders and arthritis. While it contains sterols that are good for the immune system, they are also found in many fruits and vegetables.

Small amounts of the juice can be applied to burns and a black dye extracted from the leaves is used to darken floors.

It is a smallish plant growing maybe 40mm (13”) in height and found in grasslands.