oa SA Pharmaceutical Journal - Indigenous South African medicinal plants : part 6 : ('Afrikaansesalie') : medicinal plants

Volume 74, Issue 10
  • ISSN : 2221-5875
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1017



The genus 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. 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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