|Blousyselbos Cape Leadwort
Kruger National Park
Plumbago auriculata is a scrambling shrub, up to 2 m., which is widespread in hot, dry scrub and forest. The leaves are up to 5 cm long. The inflorescence is terminal, up to 10 cm long, with trusses of pale sky blue flowers of about 25 mm diameter. In summertime the flowers are sticky.
The name derives from plumbum (lead) - referring to it being a supposed cure for lead poisoning, and from auriculata meaning ear shaped and referring to the leaf base.
Other names - Xhosa umabophe - Zulu umasheleshele, umabophe
Vincent Carruthers (ed.) - The Wildlife of Southern Africa. Struik Publ. ISBN 1-86872-451-4
South African National Biodiversity Institute