African Bird Pepper can grow up to 3 feet tall, alone or in pairs or trios. The white and yellow flowers bloom between April and September, and the plant's leaves are ovate. It has a woody stem and branches that hold the leaves and multiple fruit pods that come in shades of red or yellow.
Can be used as a general stimulant to build up resistance at the beginning of a cold, tonsilitis, laryngitis, hoarseness, shingles. It can be taken as an infusion for stomach and bowel pains or cramps. Small quantities of the fresh fruit or the powder may stimulate appetite and expel worms. For external use, cayenne can be made into plasters or liniment or the tincture may be applied to increase blood flow to areas afflicted with rheumatism, arthritis, pleuritis, or pericarditis. Also said to increase fertility and delay senility.