Swaziland's Flora Database
Swaziland's Flora - siSwati Names and Uses

Compiled by Chris Long, © December 2005

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

Geigeria
   burkei   
      Medicinal: Bulb for infectious dermatitis. Poisonous for stock.
          subsp. burkei var. burkei
          subsp. burkei var. elata
          subsp. valida
Galinsoga
   ciliata *    (Peruvian daisy)  mabuyejazi,
      Food: Food crop
   parviflora *    (Potato weed)  mabuyejazi,
      Food: Food crop
Gazania
   krebsiana subsp. serrulata    (Common Gazania)  impephotshani,  isiphephane,
      Honey: Bees visit Gazanias
      Medicinal: Medicinal for sick babies, earache & sterility
      Food: Edible flowers
Gerbera   sanama,
   ambigua    (Pink & White Gerbera)  mabophe,
      Medicinal: Tapeworms & coughs
   galpinii     mabophe,
   jamesonii   
   natalensis   
   piloselloides    (Small Yellow Gerbera)  mabophe,  umoyawezwe,
      Cultural: Helps a fortune teller get their way very fast.
      Medicinal: Tapeworms, earache, headaches, & coughs.
   viridifolia   
Gomphocarpus
   fruticosus    (Milkweed)  ,
      Cultural: Take the snuff until sneezing to bring back ancestors.
      Medicinal: Root - heart disorders. Powdered leaves & roots for headache snuff.
          subsp. decipiens
          subsp. fruticosus
   glaucophyllus     umbohlobohlo,
      Medicinal: Medicinal
      Food: Edible young leaves.
   physocarpus    (Baboon Cottonbush)  lusingalwesalukati,
      Household: Stems for sewing fibre. Tinder for tinder boxes.
      Medicinal: Powdered roots and leaves stomach ache, dizzy headache (snuff), warts and TB.
Gymnosporia
   buxifolia    (Common Spike-thorn)  sibhubhu,  sibhuku,  sihlangu,  sihlangulesimnyama,
      Timber: Timber. Hard strong useful wood.
      Cultural: Magical properties. Good love charm.
      Firewood: Firewood
      Household: Tool handles & utensils
      Medicinal: Medicinal for angina pectoris. Roots for stomach cramps.
   glaucophylla    (Blue Spike Thorn)  sihlangu,  sihlangwe,  sihlangwe simnyama,  simnyama,  umboyi,
      Timber: Timber
      Firewood: Firewood
      Medicinal: Snakebite cures. Roots given to pregnant women.
   heterophylla    (Angular-stemmed Spike Thorn)  sihlangu (white),  sihlangulesimnyama,
      Medicinal: Bark used as snakebite cure.
   maranguensis   
      Household: Used for tool handles
   markwardii    (Spike Thorn)  sihlangu,
      Medicinal: Snakebite cures
   mossambicensis     ingqwangame yehlathi,  ingqwangane,
   nemorosa    (White Spotted Spike-thorn)  mzubanacansi,  sihlangu,
      Medicinal: Spines are medicinal.
   senegalensis    (Red Spike Thorn)  sibhubhu,  sihlangu (black),  sihlangulesimhlophe,
      Timber: Timber
      Firewood: Firewood
      Medicinal: Roots & bark - wide variety of ailments including mental illness. Leaves yield snakebite cure. Root chips in beer are an aphrodisiac.
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