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  • African wormwood production

    ESSENTIAL OIL CROPS Production guidelines for African wormwood

    agriculture,forestry & fisheriesDepartment: Agriculture, Forestry and FisheriesREPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA

  • African wormwood production

    February 2012

    Department of agriculture, foreStrY anD fiSHerieS Directorate: plant production

  • 2012 Second print 2009 first print

    compiled by Directorate plant production in collaboration with members of Saeopa and KarWil consultancy

    obtainable from resource centre Directorate communication Services private Bag X144, pretoria, 0001 South africa

    the web: www.daff.gov.za/publications

    published by Directorate communication Services Department of agriculture, forestry and fisheries private Bag X144, pretoria, 0001 South africa

    further information or contacts Directorate plant production, Division industrial crops tel: 012 319 6079/6072 fax: 012 319 6372 e-mail: [email protected]

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    CONTENTS

    Part I: General aspects ........................................................................... 1

    1. classification .................................................................................. 1

    2. origin and distribution .................................................................... 2

    3. production levels ............................................................................ 2

    4. major production areas in South africa .......................................... 2

    5. Description of the plant .................................................................. 3

    6. cultivars ......................................................................................... 4

    7. climatic requirements .................................................................... 7

    8. Soil requirements ........................................................................... 7

    Part II: Cultivation practices .................................................................... 8

    1. propagation .................................................................................... 8

    2. Soil preparation .............................................................................. 8

    3. planting .......................................................................................... 9

    4. fertilisation ..................................................................................... 10

    5. irrigation ......................................................................................... 10

    6. pest control .................................................................................... 10

    7. Disease control .............................................................................. 11

    8. Weed control .................................................................................. 12

    9. other cultivation practices .............................................................. 12

    10. mulching ........................................................................................ 13

    11. Harvesting ...................................................................................... 13

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    Part III: Post-harvest handling ................................................................. 13

    1. Sorting and distillation .................................................................... 13

    2. grading .......................................................................................... 14

    3. packaging and storage .................................................................. 14

    4. marketing ....................................................................................... 14

    Part IV: Production schedules .................................................................. 15

    Part V: Utilisation ...................................................................................... 17

    1. industrial ........................................................................................ 17

    2. pharmaceutical and therapeutic .................................................... 17

    3. other ............................................................................................. 17

    4. Safety data ..................................................................................... 18

    References .................................................................................................... 18

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    Part I: General aspects

    1. CLASSIFICATION

    Scientific name: Artemisia afra, A.

    Common names: Wild wormwood, african wormwood (english); wildeals (afri kaans); umhlonyane (isiXhosa); mhlonyane (isiZulu); lengana (Setswana); sengana (Southern Sotho)

    Family: asteraceae

    the alternative family name compositae is derived from the latin word compositus which means made up of parts united in one common whole. this refers to the collection of different florets arranged together in an inflorescence.

    (Photo: SANBI: www.sanbi.co.za)

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    2. ORIGIN ANd dISTRIBUTION

    Artemisia afra is distributed worldwide; there are more than 400 species, mainly from the northern hemisphere. many of the other Artemisia species are aromatic perennials and are used for medicinal purposes.

    A. afra is a common species in South africa with a wide distribution in all provinces of South africa, except the northern cape. it also grows in lesotho, Swaziland and northwards into tropical africa.

    in the wild it grows in mountainous areas, at altitudes of up to 2 500 m on damp slopes, along stream edges and forest margins. A. afra is the only indigenous species in this genus.

    3. PROdUCTION LEVELS

    South Africa

    Some 10 to 20 tons of leaf material per hectare per year can be expected. the yields of oil vary considerably at different sites in South africa. a range of between 0,3 to 3,2 % has been achieved by the South african essential oil producers association (Saeopa) growers.

    Internationally

    there is international interest in the chemical properties of A. afra within the pharmaceutical and perfumery fields. limited quantities of A. afra essential oil are being sold internationally. in certain quarters, the oil is traded on the world markets under the name lanyana. it has been reported that in 1993 the world-wide production was 750 kg, worth uS $510 000, and there are no current fig-ures that are reported in the market.

    4. MAjOR PROdUCTION AREAS IN SOUTh AFRICA

    A. afra is a common species in South africa with a wide natural distribution from the cedarberg mountains in the Western cape throughout the eastern cape, KwaZulu-natal, mpumalanga, free State, gauteng, north West and limpopo provinces. it is currently cultivated on a limited scale in the KZn midlands (cedara),

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    African wormwood (Artemisia afra) (Photo: SA healthInfo)

    at tongaat and newcastle, mpumalanga (nelspruit), gauteng (pretoria). cultiva-tion also takes place in the eastern cape and limpopo provinces.

    5. dESCRIPTION OF ThE PLANT

    Stem

    A. afra is a highly aromatic, an erect, multi stemmed, perennial shrub of up to 2 m in height.

    Leaves

    it has feathery leaves, finely divided, and silver greyish to green in colour. the leaves are up to 80 mm long 40 mm wide.

    Flowers

    flowers are not clearly visible, yellow and borne at the ends of branches in glo-bose capitulas 3 mm in diameter.

    the cream coloured flower heads are produced at the end of summer.

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    Essential part

    Stems, leaves and flowering tops are distilled. processing or distillation is done when the leafy stems are still fresh (i.e. soon after harvesting).

    6. CULTIVARS

    currently, there are no registered cultivars of A. afra in South africa. Selections are being made at cedara college of agriculture, according to physical and chemical properties. research on the germination and propagation was done at the university of pretoria and lowveld college of agriculture during 2002 (Saeopa, Database.)

    Some of the Artemisia species that are grown in South africa are:

    Artemisia absinthium

    common wormwood.

    it is an expansive spreading shrub-like plant. it grows up to 1,2 m and has coarsely lobed, alternate leaves that are covered with a silky pubescence, giv-ing the plant a grey appearance. the flower heads are spherical and borne with panicles. propagation is by cuttings, root division and seeds. it has to be planted in soils which contain some clay. Stakes are sometimes used to hold the plants.

    Artemisia afra flower (Photo: Wild flowers of Northern South Africa; Anita Fabian and Gerrit Germishuizen)

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    Artemisia absinthium (Photo: Norman hagen)

    Artemisia absinthium

    Harvesting is done when the plants are in full bloom. the less woody stems and branches, with their flowering tops, should be cut off and dried in the shade, then stripped, pulverised and stored.

    Artemisia dracunculus, commonly known as tarragon

    tarragon is perennial and herbaceous, but is somewhat shrub-like in growth, tending to be woody in the base. the leaves are alternate, long and narrow with entire margins. the small, greenish-white flower heads are in loose panicles.

    the plant reaches a height of about 0,6 m. the fresh leaves are used in pickles and salads and for flavouring vinegar. When dried, they can be added to chops, steaks, soups, stews, egg dishes, chicken mushrooms, tartar sauce, fish sauces and mayonnaise.

  • 6Artemisia vulgaris

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    Artemisia vulgaris,