Pharmacological Potential, Botany, Biological and Chemical Properties of Albuca setosa (Asparagaceae) Endemic to Southern Africa – Pages 195-199

Pharmacological Potential, Botany, Biological and Chemical Properties of Albuca setosa (Asparagaceae) Endemic to Southern Africa

Pages 195-199

Collen Musara1, Silas M. Mudyiwa2 and Alfred Maroyi1

1Department of Botany, University of Fort Hare, Private Bag X1314, Alice 5700, South Africa; 2Department of Livestock and Pasture Science, University of Fort Hare, Private Bag X1314, Alice 5700, South Africa

DOI: https://doi.org/120.29169/1927-5951.2019.09.03.9

Abstract: Albuca setosa is a flowering bulb in the Asparagaceae family, endemic to southern Africa, thrives well on rocky ground, flats and mountain slopes. This review is an appraisal of the current information on A. setosa and a systematic and comprehensive literature search was conducted using electronic scientific journal articles, books and theses. The bulbous plant is extensively used for medicinal purposes, cultural purposes and to end quarrels between enemies. In the framework of the taxonomic revision of Albuca, a complete description of A. setosa and data on cytology, morphology, ecology and distribution and economic importance are discussed. Pharmacological screening showed that A. setosa possesses some anti-ulcerogenic, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. The bulbous plant is used for the treatment of wounds, articulation problems, rheumatoid arthritis, digestive disorder and venereal diseases.

Keywords: Albuca setosa, Asparagaceae, cultural practices, herbal medicine, South Africa.