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Family name: Amaryllidaceae

Scientific name: Boophone disticha

Authority: (L.f.) Herb.

Zulu names: incwadi, incotho

Short description: B. disticha is a herb with channeled strap-like leaves, reddish-pink or purplish-pink flowers arranged in an umbel inflorescence, and poisonous bulbs that can be fatal in large doses.


The Zulu name “incwadi” means “a book”.

The plant gets the name incwadi because the leaves are arrangement like a book as they come out of the bulb.

General use: In small doses the bulb is used to make an infusion that is taken as a hallucinogen. The bulb is also used to make a decoction that is taken as a sedative.

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