|Date||6 Feb 2020|
Securidaca longepedunculata Fresen. (Violet plant) is a shrub in the family Polygalaceae (Beentje, 1994). The species has been documented to have medicinal uses (Matthews, 1994). Its roots and bark are extracted and converted into powder form to treat chest pains, venereal diseases, and headaches by rubbing the powdered roots on the head and even infertility (Mongalo, et al., 2015). It is also known to treat toothaches by chewing the roots and increases libido in men (Rakuambo, et al., 2004). Due to these benefits, this plant is threatened locally by the Kamba community through uprooting of their roots and cutting off of its bark for medicine preparation. Restoration of the plant has not been achieved locally and globally due to difficulty in the propagation of the plant (Zulu, et al., 2011) and this can lead to the extinction of the plant if not restored.
This project will raise awareness on the conservation of the plant, enhance skill transfer through practical demonstration workshops and training, and implement restoration programme through mass propagation of the plant using non-mist propagators and nurseries in collaboration with the local community and information dissemination of project findings through print and non-print media to the various stakeholders, Government authorities, Forest agencies such as the Kenya Forest Service, community members, students, young conservationists and the general public.
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