Monkeys Tail

Monkeys Tail.Monkeys Tail

Vital Statistics

Name
Black Stick Lily / Monkey’s Tail
Latin Name
Xerophyta viscose
Description
Wispy green leaves appear at the tips in spring. Flowers follow in early summer, about November. Flower size ± 5cm long.
Field Notes
The Black Stick Lily is found in rocky outcrops, grasslands and cliffs with shallow soils in KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, Gauteng, Limpopo, North-West provinces of South Africa and in Swaziland
Latin Name
The Black Stick Lily is also known as the Monkey’s Tail, a name derived from its Afrikaans name of Bobbejaan’s Stert, which means Baboon’s Tail. The plant is resistant to extreme conditions, from cold to drought and fire – and they can survive without water for long periods.

The plants are used to treat ailments such as asthma and are known for their anti-inflammatory properties. The stems are used to make brushes and rope.
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