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Scientific name:Dicoma capensis

Family: Asteraceae

Synonym(s): Tibestina lanuginosa Maire

Common names: Koorsbossie, Wilde karmedik, Karmedik, Vyfpondbos (Afr) ; Fever bush  (Eng);

Dicoma capensis

Dicoma capensis


Description: Fever bush is a small perennial plant that has grayish-green foliage growing from creeping and spreading branches.

Leaves are covered densely with short, white hairs and are, often narrow and/or oblong, variable in shape. Its insignificant flowers are a pale mauve with many bracts.

Stem develop from the root crown, sometimes woody at the base, and grows to approximately 30 cm long.


Flowers: the flower heads are pale mauve, with a neat halo of numerous spreading bracts. These are long, thin and somewhat spiny.


Origin and distribution: D. capensis occurs in Botswana, Namibia and South Africa (Karoo, Namaqualand, Northern Cape and Orange Free State).

Plant uses: The medicinal uses included the concocting of tea-like remedies for various types of fever and bladder conditions, also used in the treatment of diabetes, haemorrhoids, high blood pressure, diarrhea and stomach complaints.



Pope, G.V. 1992. Compositae (Dicoma). Flora Zambesiaca 6(2): 41-42

Shearing, D. 1994. Karoo. South African wild flower guide 6. Botanical Society of South Africa

Rood, B. 1994. Uit die veldapteek. Tafelberg, Cape Town

van Wyk, B-E., Oudtshoorn, B. and Gericke, N. 1997. Medicinal plants of South Africa

Van Wyk, B. and Gericke, N. 2000. People's Plants: A guide to Useful Plants of Southern Africa.


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