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Eswatini's Flora - siSwati Names and Uses

Compiled by Chris Long, © December 2005

SiSwati names and uses, arranged by alphabetically by botanical name:

Bidens   chuchuza,
   bipinnata *   
      Food: Edible leaves & shoots. High food value but astringent taste.
   biternata *   
      Food: Edible leaves & shoots
   pilosa *    (Black-Jack)  cadvolo,
      Medicinal: Medicinal for rheumatism, diarrhoea & ear ailments.
      Food: Edible leaves
Berkheya   likhakhasi,  ikhakhasi,
   echinacea subsp. echinacea     iphungula,
      Medicinal: Medicinal
   montana   
      Medicinal: Medicinal for bruises
   rhapontica   
      Medicinal: Medicinal for dry coughs.
          subsp. platyptera
          subsp. rhapontica
   setifera    (Buffalo-tongue Berkheya)  lulwimi lwenkhomo,  mavambuka,  ulimi-lwenkomo,
      Cultural: Repels evil spirits
      Household: Leaves used as hairbrush.
      Medicinal: Roots for stomach complaints
      Food: Young leaves used as spinach.
   speciosa subsp. lanceolata   
      Medicinal: Abdominal disorders, bilharzia & sore eyes
   zeyheri   
      Firewood: Firewood.
      Household: Furniture and handicrafts.
      Medicinal: Bark medicinal for baby's navel, for diarrhoea & as a diuretic.
      Food: Edible fruit.
          subsp. rehmannii var. rehmannii
          subsp. rehmannii var. rogersiana
          subsp. zeyheri
Bothriochloa
   bladhii   
      Fodder: Fodder
   insculpta   
      Fodder: Grazing
Brachiaria
   brizantha   
      Fodder: Fodder
   deflexa   
      Food: Cereal food
   humidicola   
      Soil Conservation: Erosion control
   nigropedata   
      Fodder: Palatble pasture with high forage value.
   serrata   
      Fodder: Pasture of average value.
Bromus
   catharticus *   
      Soil Conservation: Erosion control.
      Fodder: Good winter pasture. Tendency to be invasive.
Baccharoides
   adoensis var. kotschyana     imphepho,  lincani,  linyatsela,  linyatselo,  mphepho,
      Cultural: Treating hunting dogs
      Medicinal: For stomach, chest, skin, head lice & diabetes. Roots are purgative.
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