Table 3. The ten most-commonly harvested flora species from the Tygerberg Nature Reserve (300 ha), City of Cape Town, from April to December 2010, as reflected in law-enforcement confiscations (personal communication Glanville 2011).


Rank Species Common name Common usage Harvest target Quantity confiscated (units / bunches)
1 Tulbaghia capensis L. Wild garlic / Wilde Knoffel Medicinal Rhizome 9936
2 Helichrysum patulum (L.) D. Don Imphepho Medicinal Harvest of reproductive structures / systems 223
3 Elytropappus rhinocerotis L.f. Rhenoster bush / Renosterbos Medicinal Leaf and stem 192
4 Chironia baccifera L. Christmas berry / Bitterbossie Medicinal Harvest of reproductive structures / systems 183
5 Haemanthus coccineus L. March flower / rooikwas Flowers / foliage / medicinal Bulb, flower 116
6 Drimia capensis Burm. f. Wijnands Brandui Medicinal Bulb 61
7 Helichrysum cymosum Sch.Bip. subsp. Cymosum Everlasting / Kooigoed Medicinal Harvest of reproductive structures / systems 60
8 Arctopus echinatus L. Bear foot / Kaapse platdoring Medicinal Bulb 44
9 Drimia elata Jacq. ex Willd. Brandui Medicinal Bulb 23
10 Agathosma crenulata (L.) Pillans Boegoe Medicinal Leaves / stems 12
  Total items 10,850