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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Common Ghwarri (Euclea undulate)

Family Ebenaceae
A small shrub or tree reaching up to 7m in height.
It is common throughout most of SA except parts of the Freestate and Natal.
The leaves are used as fodder for cattle and the fruits are edible.
The wood is suitable for making fence posts.

The powdered root is a drastic purgative and also provides a remedy for toothache and heart ailments. The bark contains tannin which is used to ease a headache.
Info: Trees of Southern Africa (Palgrave)