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Illustrated proposal for a guideline on the commercial collection of the medicinal plant

 Harpagophytum procumbens from the environment

(GHP / GcoIP, Good Harvesting/Collecting Practice for Medecinal Plant-Material)


Collecting Area


Description of the digging / collecting area and exact range defenition

  • Use detailed maps for documentation of digging/collecting areas and population dynamics.
  • To obtain detailed maps contact your local authorities or nature conservation offices.
  • Marketing of this years areas for digging/collecting on the maps.
  • Definition of protected areas for regenaration.
  • If possible the collecting area is to be divided in four quarters and harvesting takes place only in one quarter every year.


Distribution map of Harpagophytum procumbens in Namibia (K.Nott 1986)


Distribution map of Harpagophytum procumbens in South Africa. (B. van Wyk et al. 1997)


Method for population dynamics of Harpagophytum in its natural habitat. (S.Leloup 1984)

                             Transectwalks to count individuals of Harpagopytum


Overexploitation of Harpagophytum and devastation of the habitat.(Krafft, Dordabis, Namibia)

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Last modified: Januarie 28, 2003