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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)

Preparation of Fresh Plant Material

Cleaning of a fresh secondary root

tuber of Harpagophytum in Namibia

(Credit: Scheffler, Windhoek/Kapstadt


Cutting the fresh root tubers to slices by using stainless steel knife and a clean cutting board exclusively used for this purpose.


Fresh sliced Harpagophytum procumbens tubers are of creamy colour.

Never collect slices of red of dark brown colour.

(Credit: E.Schneider)


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Last modified: Januarie 28, 2003