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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
Cyperus leptocladus    (Sedge)  likhwane,
     Sleeping mats & handicrafts
Cyperus marginatus    (Monkey Bulb)  inchoboza,
     Sleeping & grinding mats & handicrafts
Cyperus semitrifidus    (Sedge)
     Grinding mats
Cyperus sexangularis    (Tall Star Sedge)
     Grinding mats
Cyrtanthus contractus    (Fire Lily)
     Hollow stems used as whistles.
Dais cotinifolia    (Pompon Tree)  intfocwane,
     Bark plaited to make strong ropes.
Dalbergia armata    (Thorny Rope)  licobhe,  umcobhe,
     Branchlets for basketry & calf muzzles
Dalbergia obovata    (Climbing Flatbean)  umzungulu,
     Stems for fishing baskets, handicrafts, stools & sticks. Bark for twine.
Deinbollia oblongifolia    (Dune Soapberry)  igololenkawu,  intisamasimu,  iphengulula,  iqinisamasimu,  maqinisa,  umuthiwezi-thutha,
     Seeds used for making soap.
Denekia capensis   
     Making hats. Aromatic
Dicerocaryum senecioides subsp. senecioides    (Devil's Thorn)
     Produces slime used as soap substitute.
Dichrostachys cinerea    (Sickle Bush)  mzilazembe,  umtsetane,  umzilazemba,
     Inner bark makes strong rope.
Dierama elatum    (Wandflower)
     Making ropes for huts.
Dierama galpinii    (Wandflower)
     Making ropes for huts.
Dierama insigne    (Wandflower)
     Making ropes for huts.
Dierama medium    (Wandflower)
     Making ropes for huts.
Dierama mossii    (Wandflower)
     Making ropes for huts.
Dierama pictum    (Wandflower)
     Making ropes for huts.
Dierama trichorhizum    (Wandflower)
     Making ropes for huts.
Dierama tyrium    (Wandflower)
     Making ropes for huts.
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