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Friday, October 4, 2013

Needle Bush (Azima tetracantha)

Family Salvadoraceae
This is a small tree of up to 5m which tends to scrabble.
 Cattle which browse on these leaves results in the milk having a pronounced flavour.
 The leaves and shoots together are considered an effective antidote for snakebite.
 The sap is used as a disinfectant and used not only as a treatment for toothache but also for bleeding gums after extraction.
 A prick from the thorns produces an unpleasant burning sensation.
Info: Trees of Southern Africa (Palgrave)