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

Compiled by Chris Long, © December 2005

Combretum   imbondvo,
   apiculatum subsp. apiculatum    (Red Bushwillow)  imbondvo lemhlophe,  imbondvo lemnyama,  umbondomnyama,
      Timber: Fence posts & construction timber. Termite resistant.
      Cultural: Used in Royal cattle-kraal at Incwala ceremonies & funerals.
      Fodder: Fodder
      Firewood: Fuelwood
      Medicinal: Decoction of leaves for stomach disorders. Ash paste treats conjunctivitis. Roots & bark for treating wounds.
   collinum    (Weeping Bushwillow)  imbondvo lemhlophe,
      Cultural: Used for Royal cattle-kraal at Incwala ceremonies & funerals.
      Food: Produces an edible gum.
          subsp. collinum
          subsp. suluense
   erythrophyllum    (River Bushwillow)  imbondvo lemhlophe,  umdvubu,
      Timber: Timber & construction
      Dyes: Brown dye obtained from roots.
      Firewood: Fuelwood
      Household: Handicrafts. Cattle troughs. Hoe handles.
      Medicinal: Cure for venereal disease from roots. Roots for assisting abortion.
   hereroense    (Russet Bushwillow)  livimbela,  sihlalavane,  umdvubu,  umklalavane,  umphulumbu,
      Timber: Hard, tough,durable wood. Termite and borer proof. Used in hut roofs
      Fodder: Leaves browsed by cattle. Useful fodder.
      Firewood: Excellent firewood.
      Household: Furniture.
      Medicinal: Infusion of roots for stomach disorders.
      Food: Edible fruit eaten fresh. Leaves for tea substitute.
   imberbe    (Leadwood)  impondozendhlovu,  liphodva lendlovu,  luphondvo lwendlovu,  mpondozendlovu,  phondotendlovu,  ummono,  umphulumbu,
      Timber: Exceptionally hard wood for fencing, mine props & railway sleepers.
      Cultural: Hereros believe the trees are ancestors.
      Firewood: Excellent firewood. Extensively used as braaiwood.
      Household: Handicrafts & furniture but difficult to work. Fruits used for necklaces. Ash used as toothpaste.
      Medicinal: Roots medicinal to reduce fever. Smoke from burning leaves for coughs & colds.
      Food: Produces an edible gum.
   kraussii    (Forest Bushwillow)  imbondvo lemhlophe,  umdvubu,
      Household: Handicrafts. Hoe handles.
   microphyllum    (Flame Climbin Bushwillow)  umhlalanyosi,
   molle    (Velvet Bush Willow)  imbondvo lemhlophe,  imbondvo lemnyama,  inkhukutwane,  umhlakuvane,
      Timber: Timber and fencing posts. Termite resistant. Construct King's kraal.
      Dyes: Red dye
      Firewood: Branches & stem for firewood.
      Household: Furniture & implement handles
      Medicinal: Leaves for wounds. Leaf & root is snakebite antidote. Root used to treat abortion and constipation. Bark infusion as enema.
   paniculatum    (Velvet Bush Willow)
      Medicinal: Root used medicinally.
   sericeum    (Velvet Bush Willow)
      Firewood: Firewood
   woodii    (Large-leaved Bush Willow)  imbondvo lemhlophe,  imbondvo mahlatsi,  umbhondvo sehlatsi,
      Timber: Timber and fencing posts
      Household: Trunk used for cattle yokes.
   zeyheri    (Large-fruited Bush Willow)  imbondvo lemhlophe,  immbondvo lemhlophe,
      Timber: Fencing posts & construction. All round termite resistant timber.
      Cultural: Used in Royal cattle-kraal at Incwala ceremonies & funerals.
      Firewood: Firewood
      Household: Fibrous roots for baskets and fishing traps.
      Medicinal: Roots for nose bleeds & with fat make an ointment.
Terminalia   mangwe,  umhonono,  sihhomuhhomu,
   phanerophlebia    (Lebombo Cluster-leaf)  mambonjwane,  umangwe,
      Timber: Timber
      Firewood: Firewood
      Household: Furniture
      Medicinal: Bark & roots are medicinal
   sericea    (Silver Cluster-leaf)  emangwe,  mangwelamhlophe,
      Timber: General purpose timber and good fence posts.
      Cultural: Sticks of this tree should be stuck into floor of a shrine at planting time in homage to ancestors. Cutting down a tree may induce hailstorms.
      Firewood: Excellent fuel.
      Household: Rope and twine. Also furniture.
      Medicinal: Root decoction for diarrhoea, colic, stomach disorders & pneumonia. Bark medicinal & a posion antidote. Bilharzia.
      Food: Leaf used by Bushmen as supplementary food. Edible gum.
Pteleopsis
   myrtifolia    (Pteleopsis)  umwandla,
      Medicinal: Medicinal.

SiSwati names and uses, arranged by botanical name - families:

Taxonomic order EQUISETACEAE
LYCOPODIACEAE
SELAGINELLACEAE
OPHIOGLOSSACEAE
ANEMIACEAE
PARKERIACEAE
PTERIDACEAE
CYATHEACEAE
POLYPODIACEAE
DENNSTAEDTIACEAE
DRYOPTERIDACEAE
OLEANDRACEAE
LOMARIOPSIDACEAE
STANGERIACEAE
ZAMIACEAE
PODOCARPACEAE
PINACEAE
TYPHACEAE
POTAMOGETONACEAE
APONOGETONACEAE
POACEAE
CYPERACEAE
ARECACEAE
ARACEAE
XYRIDACEAE
COMMELINACEAE
JUNCACEAE
COLCHICACEAE
ASPHODELACEAE
ANTHERICACEAE
HYACINTHACEAE
ERIOSPERMACEAE
AGAPANTHACEAE
ALLIACEAE
DRACAENACEAE
ASPARAGACEAE
BEHNIACEAE
SMILACACEAE
AMARYLLIDACEAE
AGAVACEAE
HYPOXIDACEAE
VELLOZIACEAE
DIOSCOREACEAE
IRIDACEAE
STRELITZIACEAE
ZINGIBERACEAE
ORCHIDACEAE
PIPERACEAE
SALICACEAE
MYRICACEAE
ULMACEAE
CELTIDACEAE
MORACEAE
URTICACEAE
PROTEACEAE
LORANTHACEAE
VISCACEAE
SANTALACEAE
OLACACEAE
HYDNORACEAE
POLYGONACEAE
CHENOPODIACEAE
AMARANTHACEAE
NYCTAGINACEAE
MOLLUGINACEAE
GISEKIACEAE
AIZOACEAE
PHYTOLACCACEAE
MESEMBRYANTHEMACEAE
PORTULACACEAE
BASELLACEAE
CARYOPHYLLACEAE
NYMPHAEACEAE
RANUNCULACEAE
MENISPERMACEAE
ANNONACEAE
MONIMIACEAE
LAURACEAE
PAPAVERACEAE
BRASSICACEAE
CAPPARACEAE
CRASSULACEAE
ESCALLONIACEAE
PITTOSPORACEAE
MYROTHAMNACEAE
HAMAMELIDACEAE
ROSACEAE
CHRYSOBALANACEAE
FABACEAE
GERANIACEAE
OXALIDACEAE
LINACEAE
ERYTHROXYLACEAE
ZYGOPHYLLACEAE
BALANITACEAE
RUTACEAE
KIRKIACEAE
BURSERACEAE
MELIACEAE
PTAEROXYLACEAE
MALPIGHIACEAE
POLYGALACEAE
EUPHORBIACEAE
BUXACEAE
ANACARDIACEAE
AQUIFOLIACEAE
CELASTRACEAE
ICACINACEAE
SAPINDACEAE
MELIANTHACEAE
GREYIACEAE
BALSAMINACEAE
RHAMNACEAE
VITACEAE
TILIACEAE
MALVACEAE
CANNABACEAE
STERCULIACEAE
OCHNACEAE
HYPERICACEAE
CLUSIACEAE
CANELLACEAE
VIOLACEAE
FLACOURTIACEAE
TURNERACEAE
PASSIFLORACEAE
BEGONIACEAE
CACTACEAE
OLINIACEAE
THYMELAEACEAE
LYTHRACEAE
RHIZOPHORACEAE
COMBRETACEAE
MYRTACEAE
HETEROPYXIDACEAE
MELASTOMATACEAE
ONAGRACEAE
GUNNERACEAE
ARALIACEAE
APIACEAE
CORNACEAE
ERICACEAE
MAESACEAE
MYRSINACEAE
PLUMBAGINACEAE
SAPOTACEAE
EBENACEAE
OLEACEAE
SALVADORACEAE
STRYCHNACEAE
BUDDLEJACEAE
GENTIANACEAE
APOCYNACEAE
CONVOLVULACEAE
BORAGINACEAE
VERBENACEAE
LAMIACEAE
SOLANACEAE
SCROPHULARIACEAE
OROBANCHACEAE
BIGNONIACEAE
PEDALIACEAE
LENTIBULARIACEAE
ACANTHACEAE
PLANTAGINACEAE
RUBIACEAE
VALERIANACEAE
DIPSACACEAE
CUCURBITACEAE
CAMPANULACEAE
LOBELIACEAE
ASTERACEAE
Alphabetical order ACANTHACEAE
AGAPANTHACEAE
AGAVACEAE
AIZOACEAE
ALLIACEAE
AMARANTHACEAE
AMARYLLIDACEAE
ANACARDIACEAE
ANEMIACEAE
ANNONACEAE
ANTHERICACEAE
APIACEAE
APOCYNACEAE
APONOGETONACEAE
AQUIFOLIACEAE
ARACEAE
ARALIACEAE
ARECACEAE
ASPARAGACEAE
ASPHODELACEAE
ASTERACEAE
BALANITACEAE
BALSAMINACEAE
BASELLACEAE
BEGONIACEAE
BEHNIACEAE
BIGNONIACEAE
BORAGINACEAE
BRASSICACEAE
BUDDLEJACEAE
BURSERACEAE
BUXACEAE
CACTACEAE
CAMPANULACEAE
CANELLACEAE
CANNABACEAE
CAPPARACEAE
CARYOPHYLLACEAE
CELASTRACEAE
CELTIDACEAE
CHENOPODIACEAE
CHRYSOBALANACEAE
CLUSIACEAE
COLCHICACEAE
COMBRETACEAE
COMMELINACEAE
CONVOLVULACEAE
CORNACEAE
CRASSULACEAE
CUCURBITACEAE
CYATHEACEAE
CYPERACEAE
DENNSTAEDTIACEAE
DIOSCOREACEAE
DIPSACACEAE
DRACAENACEAE
DRYOPTERIDACEAE
EBENACEAE
EQUISETACEAE
ERICACEAE
ERIOSPERMACEAE
ERYTHROXYLACEAE
ESCALLONIACEAE
EUPHORBIACEAE
FABACEAE
FLACOURTIACEAE
GENTIANACEAE
GERANIACEAE
GISEKIACEAE
GREYIACEAE
GUNNERACEAE
HAMAMELIDACEAE
HETEROPYXIDACEAE
HYACINTHACEAE
HYDNORACEAE
HYPERICACEAE
HYPOXIDACEAE
ICACINACEAE
IRIDACEAE
JUNCACEAE
KIRKIACEAE
LAMIACEAE
LAURACEAE
LENTIBULARIACEAE
LINACEAE
LOBELIACEAE
LOMARIOPSIDACEAE
LORANTHACEAE
LYCOPODIACEAE
LYTHRACEAE
MAESACEAE
MALPIGHIACEAE
MALVACEAE
MELASTOMATACEAE
MELIACEAE
MELIANTHACEAE
MENISPERMACEAE
MESEMBRYANTHEMACEAE
MOLLUGINACEAE
MONIMIACEAE
MORACEAE
MYRICACEAE
MYROTHAMNACEAE
MYRSINACEAE
MYRTACEAE
NYCTAGINACEAE
NYMPHAEACEAE
OCHNACEAE
OLACACEAE
OLEACEAE
OLEANDRACEAE
OLINIACEAE
ONAGRACEAE
OPHIOGLOSSACEAE
ORCHIDACEAE
OROBANCHACEAE
OXALIDACEAE
PAPAVERACEAE
PARKERIACEAE
PASSIFLORACEAE
PEDALIACEAE
PHYTOLACCACEAE
PINACEAE
PIPERACEAE
PITTOSPORACEAE
PLANTAGINACEAE
PLUMBAGINACEAE
POACEAE
PODOCARPACEAE
POLYGALACEAE
POLYGONACEAE
POLYPODIACEAE
PORTULACACEAE
POTAMOGETONACEAE
PROTEACEAE
PTAEROXYLACEAE
PTERIDACEAE
RANUNCULACEAE
RHAMNACEAE
RHIZOPHORACEAE
ROSACEAE
RUBIACEAE
RUTACEAE
SALICACEAE
SALVADORACEAE
SANTALACEAE
SAPINDACEAE
SAPOTACEAE
SCROPHULARIACEAE
SELAGINELLACEAE
SMILACACEAE
SOLANACEAE
STANGERIACEAE
STERCULIACEAE
STRELITZIACEAE
STRYCHNACEAE
THYMELAEACEAE
TILIACEAE
TURNERACEAE
TYPHACEAE
ULMACEAE
URTICACEAE
VALERIANACEAE
VELLOZIACEAE
VERBENACEAE
VIOLACEAE
VISCACEAE
VITACEAE
XYRIDACEAE
ZAMIACEAE
ZINGIBERACEAE
ZYGOPHYLLACEAE

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