Ehretia braunii Vatke
Ehretia coerulea glandulosa Seuss.
Ehretia fischeri Gürke
Ehretia mossambicensis Klotzsch
Ehretia obovata R.Br. ex A.DC.
Ehretia obtusifolia is a deciduous shrub or much-branched tree usually growing up to 4.5 metres tall, occasionally to 10 metres[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of wood.
Africa - Ethiopia and Somalia, south through eastern Africa to Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, S. Africa, Madagascar; E Asia to India
Woodlands, thickets, granite hills, very often on termite mounds, at elevations from 150 - 1,500 metres[
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The leaves are used as an infusion to treat sore throat and are rubbed on the gums of infants suffering from teething pains[
The powdered root is added to porridge to treat painful menstruation and infertility in women and an infusion of the roots is taken against retained placenta[
]. A decoction of the roots is taken as a painkiller, specifically against abdominal pain[
The wood is used to make pestles for pounding grain[
The wood is used for fuel[
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