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A tall tree which can grow to 25m indigenous to the KwaZulu Natal region.
Umzimbeet's hard wood with its attractive coloration is valued for the
manufacture of furniture and small domestic implements. Today it is used for
making tough, bicoloured walking sticks which are sold to tourists.
It can also be used as a windbreak and harvested at 10-15 years for planks in
high rainfall areas. It also makes an attractive garden and street tree and it
does not have an aggressive root system.
It can be planted along pastures and fence lines to act as a windbreak and
shelters for animals. The stems are easily cut into planks when fresh. The only
animals to utilize the plants are baboons who strip and eat the bark, and some
butterflies whose larvae feed on the pods.
The powdered root can be used as a fish poison, but fish must be boiled before
consumption. The ground seed soaked in milk is used as a remedy for roundworm,
but with caution as consuming too many seeds is poisonous. It is reported that a
mixture of roots with those of Croton species with one part of lion's fat and
one part of python's fat is burnt in the house as a tranquilizer to dispel
worries; other recipes exist for sleep-inducing cures based on the roots. Ground
seed can be used as an arrow poison.
A beautiful tree of about 5m in height. Alien from Australia.
Found in the Ramsgate area,
Extract from Wikipedia:
banksii, known by various
common names including Red silky oak, Dwarf silky oak, Banks'
grevillea, Byfield waratah and, in Hawaii, Kahili flower or Kahili
tree is a plant of the large genus Grevillea in the diverse family Proteaceae.
Native to Queensland, it has been a popular garden plant for many years though
has been superseded somewhat horticulturally by smaller and more floriferous
hybrids. A white-flowered form G. banksii fo. albiflora is known
as white silky oak
A small tree occurring only in the northern and eastern
regions as far south as Durban. It is a protected plant in South Africa.
It has two sharp, hooked thorns flanking each leaf. The
fruit is pink to bright orange when ripe.
Extract from Palgraves: “This is one of the best-known trees
among African peoples for its supposed magico-medicinal properties and has the
reputation for curing a variety of complaints ranging from coughs and cold to
barrenness. Moreover, if a stick is coated with a paste made from the powered
root and other ingredients and pointed towards storm clouds, it is believed to
act as a safeguard against floods. The Venda make a ritual remedy for pneumonia
by combining parts of this tree with dried hyaena and antelope blood and mixing
the concoction together with ox fat.