128 pp., colour illus., paperback, Pretoria, 2008
Fifty-two accounts of the use of traditional medicine (muthi) in Africa. Many of these stories have been inherited through oral tradition and are written down here for the first time. The plants covered include Leopard Orchid, Baobab, Bitter Aloe, Marula, Wild Dagga, Sugarbush, Ghaap, Pennywort, Kalahari Fever Bush, African Potato, Devil's Claw, Rooibos, Cancer Bush, Hibiscus, Honeybush, Wild Ginger and Wild Olive.
Ben-Erik van Wyk is Professor of Botany at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Journalist and writer Heather Dugmore is also the author of "Big Cats of Mala Mala".