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
Diospyros dichrophylla    (Poison Peach)  umchafutane lomnyama,
     Root is used as a substitute for toothpaste. Fighting sticks.
Diospyros galpinii    (Dwarf Hairy Jackalberry)  indodemnyama,  siphiphabantfwana,  umchafutane,
     Stems used to clean teeth. Infant anus wiper. Leaves used for sweeping brooms.
Diospyros lycioides    (Quilted Bluebush)  lomhlophe,  umcafudane,  umchafutane,  umchafutane lomhlophe,
     Roots & twigs as chewing sticks. Dental care. Fighting sticks. Leaves used for sweeping brooms.
Diospyros mespiliformis    (Jackal Berry)  umtfoma,  umtoma,
     Wood for furniture and flooring.
Diospyros whyteana    (Bladder Nut)  santinyana,  silevusembuti,
     Wood is used for tool handles & yokes
Dombeya burgessiae    (Pink Wild Pear)  libundza,
     Handicrafts. Fruit baskets & thatching twine made from bark fibre.
Dombeya cymosa    (Smooth Dombeya)  licibo,  umwuwane,
     Wood used for spear shafts & ornaments.
Dombeya pulchra    (Silver Dombeya)  libuka,  libundza,
     Handicrafts. Fruit baskets made from bark fibre
Dombeya rotundifolia    (Common Wild Pear)  nhliziyo,  nhliziyonkhulu,  umbikanyaka,  umuwane,  umwane,  umwuwane,
     Inner bark used for twine. Wood for furniture, bows & implement handles
Drimia altissima    (Tall White Squill)  kutula,  lukhovu,  mahlanganisa,  silulwane,  ukutula,  umhlabelo,  unshlabelo,
     Soap
Drypetes arguta    (Water Ironplum)  umkaswane,  umkhashwane,
     Hard wood good for sticks and hut building.
Drypetes gerrardii    (Forest Ironplum)  umhlwakela,  umhlwakele,
     Hard, white wood used for sticks.
Ehretia amoena    (Sandpaper Bush)  bungela,  libhungela,  umklele,
     Pestles for grinding grain. Handicrafts.
Ehretia rigida subsp. nervifolia    (Puzzle Bush)  bhungela,  bhungele,  umcele,  umklele,  umxele,
     Wood used for fishing baskets, pestles and spear shafts.
Ekebergia capensis    (Cape Ash)  inyamanti,  inyamati,  magwedla,  manyatsi,  matsatse,  sindziyandziya,  sndiya ndiya,  umnyamatsi,
     Wood makes attractive furniture.
Elaeodendron transvaalense    (Transvaal Saffronwood)  ingulutane,  mcabango,  mgungulutane,  mkimgulutane,  ngcotfo,  umcabango,
     Fighting sticks. Wielded by dancers at Incwala ceremonies. Wood used for cattle troughs, spoons, headrests & tobacco pipes.
Englerophytum natalense    (Natal Milkplum)  emanumbela,  manumbela,  umtjongane,
     Wood for various handicrafts, furniture & milking buckets.
Entandrophragma caudatum    (Mountain Mahogany)
     Furniture
Eragrostis gummiflua    (Love Grass)
     Domestic use. Brooms.
Eragrostis plana    (Ox Grass)
     Handicrafts, hats, necklaces, & bangles.
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