Salacia leptoclada – Uhlangahomo

R 250.00R 1,250.00

Salacia leptoclada – Uhlangahomo

Common Names:
Lemon rope/ sand lemon-rope (English); Lemoentjietou/ Sand-lemoentjietou (Afrikaans); Uhlangahomo (isiZulu)

Available in 100g or 1kg.


Salacia leptoclada – Uhlangahomo

Salacia leptoclada – Uhlangahomo possesses antioxidant properties and is used in South Africa for the treatment of inflammatory and other diseases. In Madagascar, the bark of the stem is used in traditional medicine to treat malaria, asthma, and diarrhea. Scientific investigations have confirmed the antiplasmodial activity of extracts from the stem bark and therefore confirm its relevance as antimalarial medicine. The plant is also known for its aphrodisiac qualities and is often used by men in South Africa to boost libido and sex drive.

This plant thrives in evergreen or deciduous forests, sub-coastal scrub, and fringing forests near the coast at elevations of between 50 and 2,200 meters. It appears in tropical Africa (Guinea to Togo; eastern DR Congo, Burundi, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, and Madagascar). In South Africa, it appears predominantly in KwaZulu-Natal. This plant appears in varied forms; as a shrub of about a meter in height, a small tree of four meters, or a climbing plant with long climbing stems that use other plants for support. Its leaves are dark green with a paler underside. Flowers are small and yellow and develop orange-red fruit with a leathery skin and fleshy interior that is about 1-3cm in diameter.

In a world that is continually striving to alleviate disorders of the human body, it is not surprising that male sexual disorders receive a good share of attention.

In KwaZulu-Natal, the “Garden Province” of South Africa, indigenous healers ply a lively trade in muthis which can “cure” male sexual disorders.

Street vendors in Durban (Muthi market in Victoria Square) and Pietermaritzburg (Downtown, Retief Street) have on their shelves a variety of preparations for male impotency and related ailments, and uBangalala and iQuonsi are readily available.

Plants from the family Celastraceae, genus Salacia, are also known in traditional medicine for their use as aphrodisiacs. The plants in question are generally referred to as uBangalala and include S. leptoclada Loes (also known as iSundwane, ama-Punzana, and uHlangahomo)

Current literature is somewhat sparse on information on South African Salacia species. Probably one of the best sources on the topic dates back to 1972 (Palmer and Pitman). There are good line drawings and it is stated specifically that S. leptoclada is used as an aphrodisiac in traditional medicine.

If you are wanting to buy Salacia leptoclada – Ubanagalala in South Africa to treat male erectile dysfunction or increase libido then shop with us.

We supply Salacia leptoclada – Ubanagalala that is responsibly sourced and is high quality.


Additional information


100g, 1kg