Excoecaria sambesica Pax & K.Hoffm.
Sapium bussei Pax
Excoecaria bussei is a deciduous shrub or tree, sometimes multistemmed, with spreading branches and a dense, rounded crown; it can grow 2.5 - 6 metres tall with occasional specimens to 13 metres[
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local medicinal use.
The plant sap is considered poisonous, and cattle do not browse the plant[
East tropical Africa - Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana.
Deciduous woodland, bushland, wooded grassland; sometimes riverine or along rocky scarps; thicket; banks of seasonal watercourses in Baikiaea mutemwa; coastal dune forest and thicket; locally common; at elevations up to 1,300 metres[
A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required[
Sometimes the seeds are chewed; they are tasteless at first but later produce a peppery, burning sensation, which lasts a long time. Most people consider them poisonous[
A decoction of the root is emetic[
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