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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

DevilsThorn (Dicerocaryum senecioides)

DevilsThorn (Dicerocaryum senecioides) family Pedaliaceae

If the leaves are rubbed with water between your hands, they form a soapy lather or fresh plant matter crushed in water was formerly used as a soap substitute.

Traditionally they were used as a lubricant during childbirth.

The pod, about 5cm (1/2”) in length with its two spikes are a great way of identifying this plant although when dry, these can penetrate hooves and feet.

Some plants are useful to know about and this is one of them........