This name is not universally accepted. We have followed the treatment in African Plant Database[
] and others, but some botanists are rejecting the Genus name Elaeodendron and are merging it with Cassine[
]. In that case, this species will be Cassine matabelicum (Loes.) Steedman[
Cassine matabelicum (Loes.) Steedman
Elaeodendron fruticosum N.Robson
Elaeodendron matabelicum is a shrub or tree growing from 1.5 - 20 metres tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of wood and dyes.
Southern Africa - Zambia, Malawi, eastern Botswana, Zimbabwe, southern Mozambique.
Dry open deciduous woodland; coastal woodland, wooded grassland and dune scrub; at elevations from around sea level to 1,525 metres[
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Some forms of this plant grow on coastal dunes and so should be tolerant of maritime winds[
Bark and root infusions or decoctions are taken to treat excessive uterine bleeding, bloody diarrhoea and pains, and as aphrodisiac[
The roots produce a yellow dye[
The wood is used for carving utensils such as spoons[
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