One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A South African shrub which is cultivated for its essential oil and as an ornamental.
Genus Agathosma (or Barosma) and Diosma, family Rutaceae
- ‘Companion plants that look good with the dwarf coral tree include Helichrysum cymosum, buchu, crocosmia and the blombos’
- ‘In the Western Cape you have serious problems with the removal of buchu.’
- ‘People also hunt for ferns, orchids, arum lilies and buchu.’
- ‘The first category comprises those collections grouped into families or parts of families, including Protea, Erica, Restio, Pelargonium, buchus, Streptocarpus, ferns, Disa, cycads, and clivias.’
- ‘The group of aromatic herbs and shrubs now known as buchus are classified under the generic name of Agathosma (previously Barosma), which is a member of the Rutacecae family.’
- 1.1mass noun A diuretic drug made from the powdered leaves of the buchu.
- ‘Buchu (Agathosma betulina) leaves and oil of buchu were used by the indigenous people of the Cape area of South Africa for hundreds of years.’
- ‘Uva ursi, juniper berry, and buchu leaf all cause the body to lose water.’
- ‘Precaution: If you have kidney problems such as pain while urinating, blood in your urine do not take Buchu.’
- ‘Uva ursi and buchu Leaf are said to have diuretic, antiseptic and astringent properties, while Counchgrass is a soothing diuretic specific to cystitis.’
- ‘However, the German Commission E monograph on buchu concludes that insufficient evidence supports the modern use of buchu for the treatment of UTIs or inflammation.’
Mid 18th century: from Khoikhoi.
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