Scientific Name: Asclepias buchenaviana
Common names: Milkweed, melk-tou (Afrikaans)
Description: Scraggly thin stemmed plant hat could grow up to 3 m, and commonly found in the dry Namib desert regions of Namibia.
Medical uses: The Bushmen used the dried and grounded leaves to make a snuff and to headache.
Superstition uses: None recorded.
Other uses: The San people of Namibia and Botswana use the branches to make thread. The thin dry branches are gently beaten till they are soft and pliable.
Credits: Christian Fourie.