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Pig's ears ( Cotyledon orbiculata) | by pennyeast
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Pig's ears ( Cotyledon orbiculata)

Crassula Family. Seen at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.


This is a well-known medicinal plant. The fleshy part of the leaf is applied by many South Africans to soften and remove hard corns and warts. The Southern Sotho use a dried leaf as a protective charm for an orphan child and as a plaything. In the Willowmore District, the heated leaf is used as a poultice for boils and other accessible inflammations, in particular, earache.

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Taken on July 28, 2007