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InterestAn infusion of the roots is said to have been used by some Ndebele traditional healers for blood purification and to protect newly-born children against disease (Timberlake et al. 1999)..
Other NotesCommon names: Zimbabwe: Muunga (?Shona), Ulutatau (Ndebele). Species characteristics : A low spreading shrub to 4 m high, this species can often be overlooked. The only endemic species to Zimbabwe, this species with scattered prickles looks like a diminuitive form of A. ataxacantha. While it is common on serpentine soils on the central watershed of Zimbabwe over 1000 m., it also occurs on other soil types. Its habitat is open bushland or low woodland on rocky shallow soils. Often found from open disturbed sites it appears to be shaded out in more dense vegetation. The species is often recorded from open disturbed sites such as those associated with road construction, and would appear to be shaded out in more mature vegetation. It may also be encouraged by fire. Distribution: endemic to Zimbabwe (Gweru, Bulawayo, Matobo, Chirumanzu, Mwenezi, Bubi, Kadoma, Masvingo, Insiza, Zvishavane, Shurugwi, Kwekwe). Specimen total: 68 Degree squares: 8 Collection years: 1900-1993 Phenology : Flowering period: Jan(9), Feb(9), Mar(5), Apr(2), Sep(1), Nov(9), Dec(6); Fruiting period: Jan(6), Feb(8), Mar(5), Apr(1), May(2), Jul(1), Sep(1), Dec(1) Altitude range: 1060- (1201-1400) -1435m