Ian Edwin Cock1,2
1Environmental Futures Research Institute, Nathan Campus, Griffith University, 170 Kessels Rd, Nathan, Brisbane, Queensland 4111, AUSTRALIA.
2School of Natural Sciences, Nathan Campus, Griffith University, 170 Kessels Rd, Nathan, Brisbane, Queensland 4111, AUSTRALIA.
Published: April 2019
Type: Medicinal Plant Images
Pelargonium cordifolium Curtis is endemic to the fynbos region of the Southern Cape of South Africa. The genus Pelargonium is well known for is myriad of therapeutic properties. Leaves from the related species’ Pelargonium graveolens, Pelargonium botulinum and Pelargonium cucullatum are used to alleviate coughs, colic and other respiratory complaints due to their high essential oil contents.1 The leaves of several species are used to treat skin sores.2 The roots of the related species Pelargonium luridum and Pelargonium sidoides are also useful for the treatment of diarrhoea and dysentery.1,3 P. sidoides roots have been particularly well studied for their antibacterial and immunomodulatory activities and are reported to contain substantial levels of tannins (Especially gallic acid), coumarins and phenolic acids have been reported. Read more…