oa SA Pharmaceutical Journal - Indigenous South African medicinal plants : part 6 : Salvia chamelaeagnea ('Afrikaansesalie') : medicinal plants
The genus Salvia commonly known as "sage" belongs to the family Lamiaceae (mint family) and encompasses about 900 species worldwide. South Africa harbours 26 species of which many are endemic and used as traditional medicines. Salvia chamelaeagnea forms a dense shrub, growing almost 2 meters high. The stems are square-shaped in cross section (a typical feature of the Lamiaceae). The leaves are gland-dotted and emit a very strong scent. The large calyx is usually an attractive reddish-purple colour.
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