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Arctopus echinatus - Poxthorn - 10 seeds

Arctopus echinatus - Poxthorn - 10 seeds


Arctopus echinatus is a stemless perennial, up to 6 cm high and 60 cm in diameter. Roots relatively large and tuberous. Leaves large, simple, prostrate, ovate to rhomboidal in outline, with spiny margins and sharp recurved thorns between the leaf divisions. Male plants with cream flowers and female plants with greenish flowers. The roots of Arctopus echinatus have a long history of recorded medicinal use. A decoction of the root has traditionally been taken orally for the treatment of syphilis, gonorrhoea, epilepsy, bladder ailments, glandular swellings, water retention, as a blood purifier and a general tonic and applied topically for the relief of inflammatory skin disorders, sores and ulcers.

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