Garuleum bipinnatum, in Afrikaans known as the slanghoutjie (little snake wood), is an aromatic shrub of inland, semi-arid areas in the Northern, Western and Eastern Cape. This plant was seen near Oudtshoorn in the Little Karoo where the species is most common.
Slanghoutjie grows to 50 cm in the more parched parts of its distribution and to well over 1 m where conditions are favourable. The plant is mostly seen on northerly slopes and rocky outcrops, adapted in a variety of soil types. It has pale grey branched stems.
The slanghoutjie name originates from a snakebite remedy that used to be concocted from this plant by the early settlers. Some other medicinal uses are also mentioned in the literature (Vlok and Schutte-Vlok, 2010; Shearing and Van Heerden, 2008; www.plantzafrica.com).