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
Hippobromus pauciflorus    (Basterperdepis)  luphephetse,  lutwile,  siphahluka,
     Walking sticks.
Homalium dentatum    (Brown Ironwood)  lakalaka,  lilakalaka,  umhlolampunzi,
     Wood takes a good polish
Hyparrhenia anamesa    (Thatch Grass)
     Thatching
Hyparrhenia cymbaria    (Boat Thatching Grass)
     Thatching
Hyparrhenia dichroa    (Thatch Grass)
     Thatching
Hyparrhenia dregeana    (Tambuki Grass)
     Thatching
Hyparrhenia filipendula    (Thatch Grass)
     Thatching
Hyparrhenia hirta    (Common Thatching Grass)
     Thatching
Hyparrhenia newtonii    (Thatch Grass)
     Thatching
Hyparrhenia quarrei    (Thatch Grass)
     Thatching
Hyparrhenia rufa var. rufa    (Thatch Grass)
     Screen building & thatching
Hyparrhenia tamba    (Thatch Grass)
     Screen building & thatching
Hyparrhenia variabilis    (Thatch Grass)
     Thatching
Hyperacanthus amoenus    (Spiny Gardenia)  bembetfy,  bhembetfu,  indzabulaluvalo,  ingulavuma,  ingwavuma,  luphembetu,  mvalasangweni,  ngcotfo,  umvalasangweni,
     Fencing stakes and fishing baskets.
Hyphaene coriacea    (Lala Palm)  lilala,  nnala,
     Seeds used to make necklaces, trinkets & curios. Leaves for basketry.
Hypoxis hemerocallidea    (Star Flower)  iboya,  imbita,  inkhofi,  inkhomfe,  liboya,  lilabatseka,
     Leaves make rope. Bulb to blacken flowers.
Hypoxis rigidula    (Silver-leaved Star-flower)
     Making Ropes
Ilex mitis var. mitis    (Cape Holly)  inchitsamuti,  incitamuzi,  libofa,  libota,
     Wood makes good furniture but not often used.
Imperata cylindrica    (Speargrass)  umtsentse,
     Handicrafts
Isolepis costata    (Sedge)  umuzi,
     Beer strainers
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