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Table 2 Medicinal plants cited

From: A survey of ethnomedicinal plants used to treat cancer by traditional medicine practitioners in Zimbabwe

Province Plant Scientific Name Family Name Plant vernacular name Cancers treated Plant part(s) used Other uses
Harare Steganotaenia araliacea Hochst Apiaceae Musvodzambudzi Breast, skin and blood Bark, roots Period pain, hypertension
Cannabis sativa L. Cannabaceae Mbanje All cancer types Leaves, whole plant Nausea, pain
Mashonaland Kigelia africana Lam. Bignoniaceae Mubveve, Musonya Blood, skin cancers Bark, fruit, root, seeds Malnutrition, diabetes,
Central    Muvhumati    antihelmintic
Asparagus africanus Lam. Asparagaceae Rukato Skin, prostate Roots, leaves Malaria, wounds
Cannabis sativa L. Cannabaceae Mbanje All cancers Whole plant Pain, chasing of evil spirits
Mashonaland Ricinus communis L. Euphorbiaceae Mupfuta Colon, blood Roots, leaves, bark Chest pain, stomach-ache,
East       constipation
Steganotaenia araliacea Hochst Apiaceae Musvodzambudzi All cancers Bark, young leaves STIs, infections
Bulbinella floribunda (Thunb.) Asphodelaceae Chidzinganyoka Breast, prostate, colon Roots Infections
T. Durand &Schinz.      
Heteromorpha trifoliata (Wendl.) Apiaceae Mhingano, imfenkulu Skin, blood Leaves, bark, roots Aphrodisiac, asthma, infertility,
Eckl. & Zeyh.      chest & back pain, anthelmintic fungal infections
Mashonaland Steganotaenia araliacea Hochst. Apiaceae Musvodzambudzi Skin cancer Stem bark Eye sores, STIs
West Duranta erecta L. Verbenaceae   All cancer types Leaves, roots, bark, Fruits Pain, infections (fungal & bacterial)
Masvingo Solanum incanum L. Solanaceae Nhundurwa Skin, breast & blood cancers. Fruits, roots, leaves Sore eyes, snake bites, ulcers, toothache.
Moringa oleifera Lam. Moringaceae Moringa All cancer types Leaves, roots, seeds Malnutrition, diabetes, antimicrobial
Manicaland Solanum incanum L. Solanaceae Nhundurwa Skin and blood cancers Fruits, leaves, roots Wounds, snake bites
Ximenia caffra Sond. Ximeniaceae Munhengeni, mutsvanzva, Umthunduluka All cancer types Roots, fruits, seeds Antimicrobial, STIs, malnutrition, aphrodisiac
Kigelia africana (Lam.) Benth. Bignoniaceae Mubveve Breast, prostate & skin cancers. Fruits, leaves, bark Eczema, toothache, pain, diarrhoea, diabetes, skin infections.
Pseudolachnostylis maprouneifolia Pax [Agg]. Phyllanthaceae Mutsonzwa, mukuvazviyo Eye and skin cancers Leaves Skin rashes and infections
Matebeleland Hypoxis hemerocallidea Hypoxidaceae   Blood cancers Corms Diabetes
North (Fisch. & C.A.Mey.)
Heteromorpha trifoliata (Wendl.)
Apiaceae Mhingano, imfenkulu Lung, prostate, breast, Leaves, bark, roots Infections, pain, immune system booster,
Eckl. & Zeyh.    skin cancers   respiratory ailments.
Prunus persica (L.)Batsch Rosaceae Mupichisi Skin cancer Seeds, stem bark Antimicrobial
Cannabis sativa L. Cannabaceae Imbanje, mbanje All cancer types Leaves, seeds Endurance, analgesic
Matebeleland Burkea africana Hook. Fabaceae Umnondo, mukarati Blood, colon cancers Roots Infections, abdominal pain
South Lantana rugosa (camara) Thunb. Verbenaceae Ubuhobe, mubanda Blood, skin cancers Leaves, roots Asthma, chest pain, ulcers, skin itchiness, growth enhancement in children
Bulawayo Hibiscus sabdariffa L. Malvaceae   All cancer types Calyces Malnutrition, infections
Cannabis sativa L. Cannabaceae Imbanje, mbanje All cancer types Leaves, seeds Vomiting, pain, epilepsy
Bulbinella floribunda (Thunb.)
T. Durand &Schinz.
Asphodelaceae Chidzinganyoka Colon, skin, breast cancers. Leaves Snake repellent
Heteromorpha trifoliata (Wendl.)
Eckl. & Zeyh.
Apiaceae Mhingano, imfenkulu Breast, blood cancers Roots, leaves Antimicrobial
Midlands Sutherlandia frutescens(L.)R.Br. Fabaceae   All cancer types Shoots Diabetes, fever, analgesia, colds & flu, haemorrhoids
Burkea africana Hook. Fabaceae Mukarati, umnondo Blood, prostate cancers Roots, stem bark Immune system booster, anti- inflammatory
Pseudolachnostylis
maprouneifolia Pax [Agg].
Phyllanthaceae Mutsonzwa, mukurazviyo All cancer types Leaves Antimicrobial