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Lesotho traditional healer Mohaneng Lekhooana

Calls for Lesotho to Build a National Botanical Garden

18 August 2021 by Pascalinah Kabi

At least twelve life-saving medicinal plants face extinction in Lesotho. The twelve are Othonna natalensis, Othonna natalensis (Elephant’s root), Hypoxis hemerocallidea (African potato or star flower), Dicoma anomala (stomach bush), Pentanisia prunelloides (broad-leaved pentanisia), Bulbine narcissifolia (star-leaved bulbine), Eriocephalus tenuifolius (wild rosemary), Alepidea amatymbica (giant alepidea), Alepidea amatymbica (star-leaved bulbine), Alepidea amatymbica (milkwort), Aloe polyphylla and African Geranium. To prevent this from happening, calls have been made for Lesotho to build a national botanical garden to grow and preserve medicinal plants in the country.

This video was produced for and first published by MNN Centre for Investigative Journalism.

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