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

Compiled by Chris Long, © December 2005

Bulbine
   abyssinica    (Spreading Bulbine)  ibhucu,
      Medicinal: Medicinal for burns, wounds, bilharzia & dysentery.
   capitata    (Spreading Bulbine)
      Medicinal: For burns & wounds
   frutescens    (Spreading Bulbine)
      Insecticidal: Aromatic pesticide
      Household: Aromatic used for soaps and cosmetics.
      Medicinal: Leaf sap for mosquito bites, abrasions, burns, wounds & rashes.
      Food: Edible leaves and stalks.
Trachyandra
   asperata    (Spear Grass)  unjwazi,
      Medicinal: Medicinal for new-born's navel.
          var. nataglencoensis
          var. swaziensis
Kniphofia   licaca-latokoloshi,  tikoloshi,
   breviflora    (Spear Grass)
      Medicinal: Medicinal for women
   galpinii    (Spear Grass)
      Medicinal: Medicinal for women
   linearifolia    (Spear Grass)
      Medicinal: Medicinal for women
   multiflora    (Red-hot Poker)  tokoloshi,
      Medicinal: Medicinal for women
   porphyrantha    (Red-hot Poker)
      Medicinal: Medicinal for women
   splendida    (Red-hot Poker)
      Medicinal: Medicinal for women
   tysonii subsp. lebomboensis    (Red-hot Poker)
      Medicinal: Medicinal for women
   umbrina    (Red-hot Poker)
      Medicinal: Medicinal for women
Aloe   emadzima,  inhlaba,  imfe yemacoco lemako,
   affinis    (Red-hot Poker)
      Medicinal: Snuff
   albida    (Aloes)  inhlatjana,
      Medicinal: Snuff & roots for toothache
   arborescens    (Krantz Aloe)  imbovane,  incena,
      Cultural: Good luck
      Medicinal: Leaf sap for burns, X-ray burns, wounds, bruises & skin abrasions. Leaves for high blood pressure &diabetes.
   barberae    (Krantz Aloe)
      Cultural: Planted around homesteads for hut protection.
      Medicinal: Snuff & roots for toothache
   castanea    (Krantz Aloe)
      Insecticidal: The ash left after burning leaves is used as weevil repellent.
   chabaudii var. chabaudii    (Chabaud's Aloe)  libhamali,
      Medicinal: Snuff & roots for toothache. Antibiotic
   chortolirioides    (Aloes)  inhlatjana,
      Medicinal: Snuff.
          var. chortolirioides
          var. woolliana
   cooperi    (Cooper's Aloe)  lisheleshele,  lisheshelu,
      Medicinal: For easy birthing.
      Food: Edible leaves
          subsp. cooperi
          subsp. pulchra
   cryptopoda    (Cooper's Aloe)
      Dyes: Dye for wool - reddish brown or purplish-red.
      Medicinal: Snuff & roots for toothache. Antibiotic
   dewetii    (Cooper's Aloe)
      Medicinal: Snuff & roots for toothache
      Food: Edible
   dominella    (Cooper's Aloe)
   dyeri    (Aloes)  lidzema,
   ecklonis    (Broad-leaved Grass Aloe)  lisheshelu,
      Food: Edible leaves, fruit & other portions
   ecklonis    (Ecklon's Aloe)  lisheshelu,
      Cultural: Protective charm for girls.
      Medicinal: Tuberculosis
      Food: Edible leaves & flowers
   greatheadii var. davyana    (Ecklon's Aloe)
      Medicinal: Leaf sap for urns & wounds. Antibiotic
      Food: Vegetable
   integra    (Aloes)  lisheshelu,
      Food: Edible leaves & fruit
   kniphofioides    (Grass Aloe)  inhlatjana,
      Medicinal: Medicinal snuff.
   linearifolia    (Grass Aloe)
      Medicinal: Medicinal.
   maculata    (Common Soap Aloe)  emahala,  lihala,
      Cultural: Dlamini does not eat but plants on grave
      Medicinal: Medicinal for colds, wounds, & ringworm.
      Food: Edible heart & leaves.
   marlothii    (Mountain Aloe)  mallotti,  umhlaba,
      Medicinal: Leaves for snuff, stomach cramps & antibiotic. Roots & leaves for toothache & roundworm.
          subsp. marlothii
          subsp. orientalis
   minima    (Pink Grass Aloe)  inhlatjana,
      Medicinal: Antibiotic
      Food: Edible shoots & flowers
   mudenensis    (Pink Grass Aloe)
   myriacantha    (Pink Grass Aloe)
   parvibracteata    (Aloes)  emahala,
      Fodder: Monkeys, rhino & antelope eat leaves & flowers
      Medicinal: Snuff & roots for toothache
      Food: Edible parts
   pretoriensis    (Aloes)
   rupestris    (Bottlebrush Aloe)  inkalane,
      Medicinal: Snuff & roots for toothache
   spicata    (Bottlebrush Aloe)
      Medicinal: Snuff & roots for toothache. Enema for babies.
   suprafoliata    (Bottlebrush Aloe)
      Medicinal: Snuff & roots for toothache
   tenuior    (Bottlebrush Aloe)
      Cultural: Used for protective charms.
      Medicinal: Medicinal for tapeworms.
   vanbalenii    (Van Balen's Aloe)  lihala,
      Cultural: Dlamini does not eat but plants on grave
      Food: Edible leaves & fruit
   zebrina    (Van Balen's Aloe)
      Medicinal: Antibiotic
Gasteria
   batesiana var. batesiana    (Cow-tongue Cactus)  indvololwane,
      Medicinal: Medicinal for hysteria and a protective charms
      Food: Edible flowers
Haworthia
   limifolia    (Fairy Washboard)  indvololwane,
      Cultural: Protective charm against lightning.
      Medicinal: Medicinal for stomach complaints.
          var. limifolia
          var. ubomboensis

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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