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:

Nerine
   angustifolia   
      Cultural: Protective charm against lightning & illness
Neobolusia
   tysonii   
      Food: Vegetable
Nymphaea
   lotus    (White Waterlily)  amahlolwane,
   nouchali    (Blue Waterlily)  amazibu,  izeleba,  izubu,
      Cultural: Love charm & aphrodisiac
      Medicinal: Powdered roots for asthma, coughs & colds
      Food: Edible tubers also flowerheads and seeds.
          var. caerulea
          var. zanzibariensis
Newtonia
   hildebrandtii var. hildebrandtii    (Lebombo Wattle)  umfomoti,  umtfombotsi,
      Timber: Good, hard brown timber.
      Medicinal: Medicinal properties.
Neonotonia
   wightii   
      Food: Vegetable
Nuxia
   congesta    (Brittle Wood)  siphofane,  umcumatsi,  umcumcatsi,
      Timber: Fence posts & building
      Medicinal: Bark is medicinal.
   floribunda    (Wild Elder)  inkunzi,  sitsambo,
      Medicinal: Bark is medicinal & an antibiotic. Leaves also medicinal.
   oppositifolia    (Water Elder)  sikhweza,
Nicandra
   physalodes *    (Apple of Peru)  linyaka,  linyoko,  linyuko,
      Food: Leaves boiled to eat with maize meal
Nicotiana
   glauca *   
      Insecticidal: Poisonous especially for ostriches. Dried flowers control cockroaches.
   tabacum *   
      Insecticidal: Insecticidal & toxic to humans.
Nemesia
   denticulata   
      Food: Vegetable
   fruticans   
      Food: Leaves can be used as spinach.
Nidorella
   auriculata     inhlanga,
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