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:

Kyllinga   umuzi,
   alba   
      Cultural: Widow's headdress To make necklace for Mlentengamunye
      Household: Beer Strainer
   erecta var. erecta   
   melanosperma   
      Cultural: Widow's headdress To make necklace for Mlentengamunye
      Household: Beer strainer
   odorata   
      Cultural: Widow's headdress To make necklace for Mlentengamunye
      Household: Beer strainer
Kniphofia   licaca-latokoloshi,  tikoloshi,
   breviflora   
      Medicinal: Medicinal for women
   galpinii   
      Medicinal: Medicinal for women
   linearifolia   
      Medicinal: Medicinal for women
   multiflora    (Red-hot Poker)  tokoloshi,
      Medicinal: Medicinal for women
   porphyrantha   
      Medicinal: Medicinal for women
   splendida   
      Medicinal: Medicinal for women
   tysonii subsp. lebomboensis   
      Medicinal: Medicinal for women
   umbrina   
      Medicinal: Medicinal for women
Kyphocarpa
   angustifolia     umahlabahlabane,
Kalanchoe   imbali yetindlebe,
   lanceolata   
      Other: Poisonous properties. Flowers maybe more poisonous than leaves
   paniculata    (Large Orange Kalanchoe)  indabulaluvalo,
      Cultural: Love charm.
   rotundifolia   
      Medicinal: Emetic. Poisonous properties. Goats especially susceptable.
   thyrsiflora    (White Lady)  utshwala benyoni,
      Medicinal: Earache, colds, intestinal worms. Poisonous qualities.
Kirkia
   acuminata   
      Household: Wood used for furniture, household utensils, bowls & spoons.
      Food: Swollen roots store liquid which can be drunk in time of need.
Kiggelaria
   africana    (Wild Peach)  siklalu,
      Dyes: Provides a pink dye.
      Cultural: Magic and protective powers. Attracts or protects from lightning.
      Household: Furniture & agricultural implements
      Household: Furniture & agricultural implements
Karomia
   speciosa   
      Honey: Flowers attract bees
          forma speciosa
Kigelia
   africana    (Sausage Tree)  mvongotsi,  umvongotsi,
      Timber: Timber for construction
      Cultural: Hung in hut fruits protect against whirlwinds & lightning
      Firewood: Firewood
      Medicinal: Fruits for rheumatism, syphilus, ointments, dressings & child enema.
      Food: Edible roasted seeds. Inedible fruits used to ferment beer.
Kohautia
   amatymbica    (Tremble Tops)  umfanozacile,
      Cultural: Protect babies against evil and love charm emetic.
      Medicinal: Improve appetite of infants & as snake protection
      Food: Edible roots
Kraussia
   floribunda    (Wild Cornel)  lisolenkhosi,  litsambo lenja,
      Medicinal: Roots used to treat pregnant women
      Food: Edible sweet fruit
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