Natal Mahogany

Rooiessenhout – Trichilia emetica

  • In traditional medicine the bark is known for the emetic property suggested by the species name
  • Bark is used as an enema
  • Oil from the seed is said to have great healing powers and is even used in the treatment of broken limbs
  • Research has shown that the roots have insect repellent properties effective against the Southern army worm & the Mexican bean beetle
  • Seeds with scarlet arils are said to be poisonous, but are eaten by birds and fich when they drop into the water
  • Wood is used in furniture making, timber develops with age and polishing to a lovely patina, but wood is prone to damage by insects & is soft
  • Several insects are associated with the tree: 1. Caterpillars of the emperor moth Pselaphelia flavivitta feed on the leaves; 2. Larvae of the weevil Acatus rhombicus live in the seeds; 3. Spittlebug nymphs also live on this tree.
  • Very dark green leaves.
Reptiles

Reptiles

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Mammals

Mammals

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Grasses

Grasses

Croceras macrum Andropogon gayanus Andropogon chinensis Aristida adscensionis Aristida cangesta...

White Seringa

White Seringa

Witsering - Kirkia acuminata Wood is prized for crafting bowls, spoons and items of furniture...

White Resin Tree

White Resin Tree

Witharpuisboom - Ozoroa engleri Distinctive, drooping branches and leaves Contains a considerable...

Weeping Wattle

Weeping Wattle

Huilbbom - Peltophorum africanum Leaves are good as toilet paper Spittle beetle (frog hopper)...

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