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Eswatini's Flora - siSwati Names and Uses

Compiled by Chris Long, © December 2005

SiSwati names and uses, arranged by alphabetically by botanical name:

Usage Category: Household
Maytenus peduncularis    (Cape Blackwood)  umboyi,
     Wood used for fighting sticks & knobkerries & household utensils.
Maytenus undata    (Koko Tree)  sibiyabandla,  umbatacwepe,  umbatancwephe,
     Wood used for spoons, tools & carving.
Melia azedarach *   (Persian Lilac)  liputjutju,  msilinga,  umsilinga,
     Seeds for necklaces. Wood for bowls & spoons. Poisonous berries.
Melinis nerviglumis   
     Bird's nests
Merwilla plumbea    (Large Blue Scilla)  hikhoon,  inguduza,  likhovu,  ndvwendiwenduwe,
     Soap
Monanthotaxis caffra    (Dwaba Berry)  imxope,  libunza,  masweleti,  masweti,  sititane,  umtitane,  umxobhe,
     Baskets made from young branchlets.
Monodora junodii    (Green-apple)  umkotshi,
     Seeds are used for necklaces.
Moraea moggii    (Natal Lily)
     Ropes for huts
Moraea spathulata    (Large Yellow Moraea)
     Ropes for huts
Morella serrata    (Lance-leaved Waxberry)  leti,  maluleka,  meluleka,  uleti,
     Fruits, stems & leaves produce oils for candles or soap.
Mystroxylon aethiopicum    (Transvaal Kooboo-berry)  ingulutane,  lishasha,  sehlulamanya,  sehlulamanye,  umboyi,  umgungulutane,
     Crafts & household items. Xhosa fighting sticks & knobkeries.
Obetia tenax    (Rock Tree Nettle)  lusontfo,  lusotfo,  lutiya,
     Bark fibre can be made into a cord or rope. Used for thatching.
Ochna arborea    (Cape Plane Tree)  sifubasenkhala,
     Implement handles and carved sticks
Ocotea bullata    (Black Stinkwood)  umnukane,
     Makes beautiful furniture
Olea capensis    (Ironwood)  sinhletje,  sitimane,
     Sticks. Can produce beautiful furniture.
Oncoba spinosa    (Snuff-box Tree)  umtfongwane,  umtongwane,
     Hard-shelled fruit used for snuff boxes, rattles, armlets, anklets & protective penis covers.
Oricia bachmannii    (Twin-berry Tree)  umbotane,
     Wood a favourite for making bows.
Ormocarpum trichocarpum    (Caterpillar Pod)  ingcongwane,  sitsibane,  umhlofunga,  umtfombeni,
     Crafts
Oxyanthus speciosus subsp. gerrardii    (Wild Loquat)  mgungununu,  umgungununu,  umphala,
     Slender branches make whipsticks
Ozoroa engleri    (White Resin Tree)  imfuce-lemhlophe,
     Necklaces. Ground fruit used as hair dressing.
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