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:

Usage Category: Household
Salix alba *   (White Willow)
     Wood used for cricket bats & wooden clogs.
Salix mucronata subsp. woodii    (River Willow)  umnyetane,  umnyezane,
     Baskets made from branches, household goods and ornaments.
Sansevieria hyacinthoides    (Mother-in-law's-tongue)  sikwenga,  sitfokofoso,  sitfokotfoko,  sitfotfokotfo,  umutsi wetindlebe,  umwashanhlola,
     Rope, twine, fishnets & paper made from the fibre.
Schefflera umbellifera    (False Cabbage Tree)  umsengembuti,  umusenge mbuti,
     Doors for huts, fruit boxes & matches.
Schizachyrium sanguineum    (Red Autumn Grass)
     Thatching.
Schoenoplectus corymbosus var. corymbosus    (Sedge)  inchoboza,
     Sleeping mats & handicrafts
Schotia brachypetala    (African Walnut)  sihlati,  sihlazi,  thunzikhulu,  umgcanu,  uvovovo,  vovovo,
     Dense, hard wood for furniture & flooring.
Schotia capitata    (Dwarf Boer-bean)  mvovovane,  thunzikhulu,  umvovovane,  vovovo,  vovovo lomncane,
     Crafts
Sclerocarya birrea subsp. caffra    (Marula)  emaganu,  umganu,
     Wood does not crack easily. Used for handicrafts & household Items
Sclerocroton integerrimum    (Jumping Seed Tree)  umhlalampunsi,  umhlalampunzi,
     Attractive furniture. Has been used to produce ink.
Scolopia mundii    (Red Pear)  senzelenja,
     Pale brown wood for furniture.
Senecio rhyncholaenus    (Groundsel)  imfenyane,
     Married women's hair style (isicholo)
Setaria verticillata    (Sticky Bristle Grass)
     Weaved for hats and toys.
Sida acuta     indlekwane,
     Married women's hair style
Sida alba subsp. acuta     indlekwane,
     Married women's hair style
Sida rhombifolia subsp. rhombifolia    (Spider-leg)  indlekwane,  ivivane,
     Married women's hair style
Sideroxylon inerme subsp. inerme    (White Milkwood)  emaselitfole,  emasi elitfole,  masethole,  umnweba,
     Wood used for farm implements and spoons.
Sorghastrum stipoides     mafusane,
     Birds nests
Sparmannia ricinocarpa    (Sparrmannia Bush)  hayihayi,
     Bark produces good fibre.
Spirostachys africana    (African Sandalwood)  umtfombotsi,
     Handicrafts, sculptures & furniture. Sawdust is an irritant.
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