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

Compiled by Chris Long, © December 2005

Bowiea
   volubilis    (Climbing Potato)  gibizisila,
      Cultural: Love charm.
      Medicinal: Medicinal for sore eyes,skin complaints, dropsy, headaches, STDs
Albuca
   fastigiata    (Spreading White Albuca)  umaphipha-intelezi,
      Cultural: Used as protective charm.
   setosa    (Small White Albuca)  gibi'z'phoso,  ingcina,  mfazothethayo,
      Cultural: Ritual cleansing & to end quarrels. Lightning protection.
      Medicinal: Medicinal
Drimia
   altissima    (Tall White Squill)  kutula,  lukhovu,  mahlanganisa,  silulwane,  ukutula,  umhlabelo,  unshlabelo,
      Cultural: Used for magical-medicinal purposes.
      Insecticidal: Bulb is a molluscicide
      Household: Soap
      Medicinal: Bulbs for fractures & backaches. Leaves & roots for pregnancy oedema.
   delagoensis    (Itch-egg)  mahlanganisa,
      Cultural: Protective charm.
      Medicinal: Splints for bones. Bulbs are purgative.
   depressa    (Itch-egg)
      Cultural: Traditionally used as good luck charm or to harm enemies.
   elata    (Satin Squill)  gibizisila,  gibi'z'phoso,
      Cultural: Protective charm to treat bad luck. Panacea for evil spirits.
      Medicinal: Medicinal for pain reliief & colds.. Emetic. Poisonous qualities.
   sphaerocephala    (Satin Squill)
      Medicinal: Treat external tumours.
   uniflora    (Satin Squill)
      Medicinal: Bulbs for expectorants, emetics & diuretics
Dipcadi   umgcobane,  ncamjolo,
   ciliare    (Satin Squill)
      Food: Edible bulb
   gracillimum    (Satin Squill)
      Food: Edible bulb
   marlothii    (Satin Squill)
      Cultural: To induce good aim in hunters
      Medicinal: Medicinal for diseases of sexual organs
      Food: Edible bulb
   rigidifolium    (Satin Squill)
      Food: Edible bulb
   viride    (Satin Squill)
      Cultural: Protective charm against storms.
      Food: Edible bulb & leaves.
Eucomis
   autumnalis subsp. clavata    (Common Pineapple Flower)  makhandakansele,  matfunga,
      Cultural: Stops witchcraft & slow poisoning.
      Medicinal: Bulb for backache, stomach-ache, fractures, syphilis, fevers & bilharzia. Heals interior wounds & fractures.
Ornithogalum
   flexuousum    (Common Pineapple Flower)
      Medicinal: Poisonous properties
   juncifolium    (Grass-leaved Chincherinchee)  indlolothi encane,
      Cultural: Protection against storms and evil.
   saundersiae    (Grass-leaved Chincherinchee)
      Medicinal: Poisonous properties
   tenuifolium    (Grass-leaved Chincherinchee)
      Cultural: Charm that can be used for good or evil.
      Food: Edible bulb roasted it tastes like onion. Also said to be poisonous.
          subsp. aridum
          subsp. tenuifolium
Drimiopsis
   maculata    (Large-leaved Drimiopsis)  injobo,  ucibicibane,
      Medicinal: Stomach trouble in children
Ledebouria   mangulesi,
   apertiflora    (Common Squill)  ingudvudvu,
      Fodder: Heavily grazed
      Medicinal: Medicinal
   cooperi    (Common Squill)
      Medicinal: Medicinal in pregnancy.
   floribunda    (Common Squill)
      Medicinal: Medicinal.
   marginata    (Common Squill)
   ovalifolia    (Common Squill)
   ovatifolia    (Cooper's Squill)  sigadlana,  umhlabelo,
      Medicinal: Medicinal for diarrhhoea, flu, & backache. Some say poisonous.
   revoluta    (Cooper's Squill)
      Medicinal: Skin irritations, wounds, lumbago
Merwilla
   plumbea    (Large Blue Scilla)  hikhoon,  inguduza,  likhovu,  ndvwendiwenduwe,
      Household: Soap
Schizocarphus
   nervosus    (Wild Squill)  imbita-yebantfwana,  ndvwendvweni,  ziyamlandela,
      Cultural: Enhances personal charm especially in affairs of love. Ziyamlandela is alternate name meaning girls follow him!
      Medicinal: Medicinal for rheumatic fever & dysentary

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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