Combretum borumense Engl. & Diels
Combretum eilkerianum Schinz
Combretum porphyrolepis Engl. & Diels
Combretum rautanenii Engl. & Diels
Combretum rhodesicum Baker f.
Combretum sambesiacum Engl. & Diels
Combretum transvaalense Schinz
Combretum usaramense Engl.
Combretum hereroense is a deciduous shrub, often with arching stems; or, more commonly, a small tree with a dense crown growing 9 - 12 metres tall[
The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of wood.
Southern and eastern Africa - Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Uganda Tanzania, Angola, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, S. Africa.
Mixed open or savannah woodland at elevations from 50 - 2,700 metres[
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Fruit - raw[
]. The fruit is usually about 20mm long and 20mm in diameter, though it can be smaller and is occasionally up to 35mm x 35mm[
The leaves are dried and used as a substitute for tea[
The gum is said to be palatable[
The roots are used as a remedy for chest ailments and are also considered to be an effective treatment for bad colds[
]. The leaves are sometimes used for the same purpose[
The branches are used to make a musical instrument, a string instrument known as a Ilaihn. It is used primarily by traditional healers during healing ceremonies, and sometimes also by hunters[
The seed of most, if not all, species can be stored inside the fruit for several years without losing viability[
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