oa SA Pharmaceutical Journal - Indigenous South African medicinal plants : Part 5 : ('buchu') : medicinal plants

Volume 74, Issue 9
  • ISSN : 2221-5875
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1017



The genus (Rutaceae) consists of approximately 150 species indigenous to South Africa. These aromatic shrubs that are typical of the fynbos vegetation are found in most habitats throughout the Cape Floral Kingdom. ('round-leaf buchu') is characterised by a smaller, round leaf with a recurved apex whereas ('oval-leaf buchu') is characterised by a larger, oval-shaped leaf without the recurved apex.

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