Dicerothamnus rhinocerotis

Rhinoceros Bush - Elytropappus rhinocerotis
Rhinoceros Bush - Elytropappus rhinocerotis
Rhinoceros Bush - Elytropappus rhinocerotis

Common names: rhinoceros bush (English); renosterbos, rhenosterbos (Afrikaans). 
Botanical name: Dicerothamnus rhinocerotis
Previously known as: Elytropappus rhinocerotis

Dicerothamnus rhinocerotis, also known as rhinoceros bush, is a shrub that is widespread in the Cape Floristic Region and throughout Namaqualand. It is an important component of our indigenous flora and is the dominant member and namesake of the threatened renosterveld vegetation type. It is a fast-growing and long-lived plant, with a deep taproot that can grow to over 6 meters. Infusions of the young branches are used traditionally to treat stomach complaints and induce sweating. Rhinoceros bush does well in heavy clay soils.

Uses & Benefits: aromatic, hedge, medicine, pot plant

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Family: Asteraceae
Type: shrub
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