English edit

A cancer bush with pods and flowers.

Alternative forms edit

Etymology edit

From cancer (disease) +‎ bush, probably a calque of Afrikaans kankerbos. Named after one of its uses in folk medicine.

Noun edit

cancer bush (plural cancer bushes)

  1. A legume native to Southern Africa that grows red flowers and bloated pods, often used in folk medicine; Lessertia frutescens (formerly Sutherlandia frutescens).
    Synonyms: balloon pea, sutherlandia