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Botanical: Monsonia ovata (CAR.)
---Part Used---Plant, root.
Family: N.O. Geraniaceae
---Habitat---Cape of Good Hope.
---Description---Leaves oblong, subcordate, crenate, waved, flowers white axillary stalked, two on one peduncle, roots fleshy large, grown from seed.
---Medicinal Action and Uses---A valuable remedy for acute and chronic dysentery, specially of use in ulceration of the lower part of the intestines; the plant is not considered poisonous.
---Dosage---Saturated tincture, 1 to 2 fluid drachms, every three or four hours.
The Pelargoniums belong to the same family, and all species have more or less astringent properties. Some have fragrant foliage, noticeably Pelargonium roseum and P. capitatum, from which a fragrant essential oil is extracted. In medicine they are used for dysentery and some for ulceration of the stomach and upper intestinal tracts. P. Triste has edible tubers.
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