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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
Combretum zeyheri    (Large-fruited Bush Willow)  imbondvo lemhlophe,  immbondvo lemhlophe,
     Fibrous roots for baskets and fishing traps.
Commiphora glandulosa    (Glandular Corkwood)  liminyela,
     Wood used for household utensils.
Commiphora harveyi    (Cork Tree)  umbangandlala,  umnumbi,
     Spoons & stools
Commiphora pyracanthoides    (Firethorn Corkwood)  liminyela,
     Household utensils
Commiphora woodii    (Forest Corkwood)  umnumbi,  umubu,
     Light wood used as fishing floats.
Coptosperma supra-axillare    (Narrow-leaved Butterspoon)  litsambo lenja,  tsambolenja,
     Sticks
Corchorus olitorius    (Jute)
     Stems make a strong fibre for ropes and bagging.
Cordyla africana    (Wild Mango)  imbubuli,  thunzikhulu,  umbubuli,  vovovo,
     Handicrafts. Drums
Croton gratissimus    (Lavender Feverberry)  mwulukwa,
     Y-shaped branches used to make catapults. Leaves for perfume.
Cyathea dregei    (Grassland Tree Fern)  impimpiliza,  inkhomankhoma,
     Thatching
Cyathula cylindrica   
     Roots used for soap
Cymbopogon excavatus    (Turpentine Grass)  lucungwa,  sigeja,
     Thatching huts.
Cymbopogon nardus    (Tambuki Grass)  lucungwa,  sigeja,
     Thatching huts.
Cyperus albostriatus    (Forest Star Sedge)
     Making mats
Cyperus articulatus    (Sedge)  inchoboza,
     Sleeping mats & handicrafts
Cyperus congestus    (Sedge)
     Ropes and baskets
Cyperus difformis    (Sedge)
     Grinding mats
Cyperus dives    (Giant Sedge)  likhwane,
     Sleeping mats & handicrafts
Cyperus fastigiatus    (Sedge)  insikane,
     Grinding mats
Cyperus latifolius    (Sedge)  likhwane,
     Sleeping mats & handicrafts
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