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Useful Tropical Plants

Rhus ciliata

Licht. ex Schult.

Anacardiaceae


The genus Rhus is undergoing taxonomic review and, if the changes are accepted, this species will be called Searsia ciliata (Licht. ex Schult.) A.J.Mill.[
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+ Synonyms

Rhus concinna Burch.

Searsia ciliata (Licht. ex Schult.) A.J.Mill.

Common Name:

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General Information

Rhus ciliata is a thorny, low, straggly, evergreen shrub growing from 2 - 4 metres tall[
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The plant is harvested from the wild as a source of tannins and occasionally for food.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

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Flora Zambesiaca
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An excellent online flora of plants from the Zambezi River basin. It lists a number of the plant uses as well as the habitats and botanical descriptions of the plants.
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Flora of Southern Africa
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Author
Roux J.P.
Website
http://plants.jstor.org/search?st=662545
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Year
2003
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Description
An excellent on-line resource.

Range

Southern Africa - Namibia, southern Botswana, S. Africa,

Habitat

Mainly found along dry river beds, sometimes forming dense colonies[
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Title
Flora Zambesiaca
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Website
http://apps.kew.org/efloras/fz/intro.html
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Description
An excellent online flora of plants from the Zambezi River basin. It lists a number of the plant uses as well as the habitats and botanical descriptions of the plants.
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663
Title
Flora of Southern Africa
Publication
 
Author
Roux J.P.
Website
http://plants.jstor.org/search?st=662545
Publisher
 
Year
2003
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line resource.
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Properties

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HabitEvergreen Shrub
Height3.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

Fruit - raw[
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Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The roots are a source of tannins[
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The plant is known as firebush in Namibia, where it is used to extinquish fires[
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Propagation

Seed - sow in a lightly shaded place in containers. Germination usually takes place within 4 - 6 weeks. Pot up the seedlings when they have 3 - 4 true leaves[
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The dried seed can be stored for 1 - 2 years[
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