Christmas berry

Christmas berry

Chironia baccifera

Scientific name

Tangled shrublet to 50cm with narrow spreading leaves, often found growing next to the cliff path.

Leaves, stems and berries used for the treatment of ulcers, syphilis, leprosy, diabetes, kidney and bladder infections, cleansing the womb, and as a laxative (Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation. 2015. The Wild Harvesting of Plant Medicines in Cape Town.)

Also known as Haemorrhoid berry Wild Gentian, Aambeibos, Kalwerbos, Lymbos, Meidjiewillemse, Oondbossie, Sarsaparilla, Perdebossie, Ag-Dae-Geneesbos, Tandpynbos, Piles Bush, Toothache Berry, Agdaegeneesbos, Meidjiejanwillem, Soontjie-Se-Bos, Baaibos, Kersfeesbessie, Barsbessie, Agtdaegeneesbossie, Bitterbossie, Bloedsuiweringsbossie, Kalwerbossie, Lymbossie, Tandpynbossie, Meidjiejanwillemse, Aambeibossie

References and further reading

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This table below shows how many plants we are trying to obtain for this species.

Site Area Quantity
Site #15 Rosebank 30
Site #66 Mowbray 40
Site #64 Mowbray 30
Total 100

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Important characteristics

This species was selected because it has various important characteristics.

It provides medicinal value

Suitable for sandy soil

Chironia baccifera is indigenous to: Peninsula Shale Renosterveld

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