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Introducing Spekboom: The wonder plant revolutionising climate change mitigation

Climate change is one of the biggest challenges of our time, and it’s becoming increasingly clear that we need to take urgent action to mitigate its impacts. Spekboom (Portulacaria afra), a succulent plant native to South Africa, has emerged as a promising solution to combat climate change.

In this article, we’ll explore the benefits of Spekboom’s carbon sequestration abilities, its role in reducing soil erosion, and the greening of deforested areas in Limpopo, South Africa.

Carbon sequestration: Spekboom's superpower

Spekboom’s carbon sequestration ability is one of its most remarkable features. This plant is a photosynthesis powerhouse, able to absorb up to 10 times more carbon dioxide per hectare than a tropical rainforest. This is possible because of the plant’s unique ability to convert atmospheric CO2 into plant material. It has been found to be one of the most effective carbon-storing plants in the world. A single hectare of Spekboom can sequester up to 4.2 tonnes of CO2 per year. This equates to one hectare being able to offset the carbon emissions of up to 26 cars per year, making it an essential tool for mitigating the effects of climate change.

Reducing soil erosion and greening deforested areas

Spekboom is an effective tool for reducing soil erosion and greening deforested areas. Its dense network of roots helps to bind the soil, reducing erosion and improving soil quality. The plant is also drought-resistant, making it an ideal choice for arid regions. In Limpopo, South Africa, the plant is being used to restore degraded land and promote biodiversity. The planting of Spekboom has helped to revitalise areas that have been deforested, overgrazed, or impacted by land degradation.

In these areas, Botanica has planted more than 1 million Spekboom as part of a larger reforestation effort, helping to restore degraded ecosystems and create habitats for a wide range of plant and animal species. By providing a habitat for wildlife and promoting biodiversity, Spekboom is also helping to restore balance to ecosystems that have been damaged by human activity.


Spekboom is a plant with remarkable properties that offer a sustainable solution to combat climate change. Its carbon sequestration ability, coupled with its potential for reducing soil erosion and greening deforested areas, makes it a powerful tool in the fight against climate change. As we look to the future, it’s clear that we need to take urgent action to mitigate the impacts of climate change. By planting Spekboom, we can contribute to a greener, more sustainable future for all.

Need to know more?

Botanica Natural Products is a renowned, family-run social enterprise based in rural Limpopo, South Africa, that was founded in 2009.

Our goal is to improve skin health by fusing traditional wisdom, indigenous plant use, and scientific research. We locate indigenous plant extracts and oils, process them, and supply them for use in personal care products in a way that is both environmentally and socially sustainable. These extracts are sold to manufacturers of cosmetics and nutraceuticals all around the world.

Our primary commercial activity is the cultivation of Bulbine frutescens, a native plant of South Africa, and Moringa oleifera, both of which are used to make a distinctive variety of organically certified active components and oils.

The agricultural method utilised to produce Bulbine frutescens and Moringa oil is ECOCERT certified organic, and our production facility complies with European requirements.

Contact us today or on +27 71 925 5870 for more information and expert guidance on the formulation of cosmetics using raw natural ingredients.


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