Medicinal Plants

Crotolaria retusa
The flowers of chak chak are used in a infusion for chest colds in children in combination with chapantye (Justicia pectoralis), djapanna (Eupatorium triplinerve) and fle siwo flowers of elder (Sambucus simpsonii). The herbalist cautions that only the short chak chak that is covered with caterpillars is used. Some doctors claim the alkaloid monocrotaline found in this plant is seriously harmful to kidneys, especially in children.