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)