Swaziland's Flora Database:
Cephalanthus natalensis Oliv.
(name current 2016)
Growth form: Shrub
Found within protected areas
Swaziland distribution: highveld only
Local abundance: occasional
Description (Compton's Flora of Swaziland*):
Cephalanthus natalensis - (Umfomfo) Shrubby. Stem downy. Leaves opposite, stalk c 5 mm long, blades oval, blunt or tapering to narrow point, up to 4 cm long X 2 cm wide. Inflorescence a dense spherical head of numerous small flowers, common stalk c 1,5 cm long, head c 3 cm diam (to tips of stigmas). Calyces small, five-lobed, closely packed; corolla tube greenish, c 8 mm long, very slender below, widening to top, with five slightly fleshy lobes c 1 mm long. Stamens five, not protruding, anthers with point at tip and two at base. Ovary two-chambered with one ovule in each chamber; style protruding beyond corolla, thickening upwards to club-shaped stigma. Fruiting head rather fleshy, formed of fruits and calyces, white with pink markings.
* Where species names have changed, these have been matched according to herbarium specimens quoted in this publication.
Included in Tree Atlas.