• The zakobe is a medicinal herb used in the Seychelles to treat colds and coughs by boiling the old leaves and drinking the infused juice.

Where it grows

Seychelles Islands in the Indian Ocean. Restricted to the islands of Mahé and Silhouette, where it is known from several subpopulations. Grows in shady, humid places among rocks and stones and in shady river beds. Found from sea-level up to 200m, more frequently occurring in more open sites at the higher elevations.

Conservation story

The zakobe is listed as ‘vulnerable’ by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.


  • Perennial: lives for at least two years.
  • Herb: plant with fleshy parts rather than a persistent woody stem above ground. 
  • Herbaceous: has the characteristics of a herb.