|This South African spurge is used for folk
medicinal purposes in Eastern Transvaal
(Mpumalanga) and is reputedly psychoactive
(Schultes and Hofmann 1980, 367*). Ingestion of
a large piece of the root tuber (how much?) is said
to cause hallucinations and delirium. The local
diviners sometimes swallow pieces of the root in
order to obtain prophetic visions. The plant
contains bioactive alkaloids (Gundiza 1991; de
Smet 1996, 143 f. *) and may contain methylamines(Emboden 1979, 184*).
Gundiza, M. 1991. Effect of methanol extract from
Monadenium lugardae on contractile activity of
guinea-pig ileum. Central African Journal ofMedicine 37:141-44.