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Silene
Silene
undulata (Xhosa: iindlela zimhlophe—"white ways/paths", also known as Silene
Silene
capensis, and African dream root) is a plant native to the Eastern Cape
Eastern Cape
of South Africa.[1][2]

Contents

1 Cultivation 2 Uses 3 References 4 Further reading 5 External links

Cultivation[edit] In cultivation, S. undulata is an easily grown, but moisture hungry herb. It is tolerant of extreme heat, >40 °C (104 °F), and moderate cold, −5 °C (23 °F). A moisture retentive seedbed is essential. The fragrant flowers open at night and close in the day. It is a biennial to short lived perennial and the root can be harvested after the second year. Uses[edit] Silene
Silene
undulata is regarded by the Xhosa people
Xhosa people
as a sacred plant. Its root is traditionally used to induce vivid (and according to the Xhosa, prophetic) lucid dreams during the initiation process of shamans, classifying it a naturally occurring oneirogen similar to the more well-known dream herb Calea zacatechichi.[1] References[edit]

^ a b J. F. Sobiecki (2008). "A review of plants used in divination in southern Africa and their psychoactive effects" (PDF). Southern African Humanities. 20: 333–351.  ^ H. Wild: Caryophyllaceae
Caryophyllaceae
in Flora Zambesiaca, Vol. 1, Pt 2, 1961: Silene
Silene
undulata - Online

Further reading[edit]

Jean-Francois Sobiecki: Psychoactive Spiritual Medicines and Healing Dynamics in the Initiation Process of Southern Bantu Diviners. In: Journal of Psychoactive Drugs. 44, 2012, S. 216–223, doi:10.1080/02791072.2012.703101. Watt, J.M. & Breyer-Brandwijk, M.J. 1962. The medicinal and poisonous plants of southern and eastern Africa. Second edition. Edinburgh: E. & S. Livingstone.

External links[edit] Media related to Silene
Silene
undulata at Wikimedia Commons Data related to Silene
Silene
undulata at Wikispecies

Taxon identifiers

Wd: Q150591 APDB: 13226 EoL: 5199583 GBIF: 5587765 IPNI: 158583-1 NCBI: 1857566 Plant
Plant
List: tro-6301346

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