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Useful Tropical Plants

Burchellia bubalina

(L.f.) Sims

Rubiaceae

+ Synonyms

Burchellia capensis R.Br.

Burchellia kraussii Hochst.

Burchellia major Heynh.

Burchellia parviflora Lindl.

Burchellia speciosa Heynh.

Canephora capitata Willd.

Cephaelis bubalina (L.f.) Pers.

Cinchona capensis Burm. ex DC.

Genipa capensis (R.Br.) Baill.

Lonicera bubalina L.f.

Common Name: Wild Pomegranate

Burchellia bubalina
Flowering stem
Photograph by: Rotational
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Burchellia bubalina Burchellia bubalina

General Information

Wild pomegranate is an evergreen shrub or small tree growing up to 8 metres tall.
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of timber. Young children suck the flowers for their sweet nectar. A neat and attractive ornamental, it is sometimes grown in gardens[
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Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Southern Africa - S. Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland.

Habitat

Forests, forest margins, rocky outcrops and bush clumps in montane grasslands[
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Properties

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HabitEvergreen Tree
Height5.00 m
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details

A plant mainly of the subtropics, just entering into the tropics. Mature plants can tolerate some frost, but should be protected from very cold winter winds and extreme frost, as this might damage or kill them[
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The plant grows and flowers best in full sun, but it also thrives in dense shade[
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Edible Uses

The flowers are sucked for their rich source of sweet nectar[
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Cornucopia II
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Facciola. S.
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Year
1998
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Medicinal

The roots are used as an emetic to cleanse the body[
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A combination of both bark and roots makes suitable splints for binding the fractured limbs of animals[
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Other Uses

The wood is hard, dense and close-grained[
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Propagation

Seed - should be sown in a nursery seed bed straight after harvesting. They take about 4 - 6 weeks to germinate[
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Cuttings of half-ripe wood[
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