The genus Rhus is undergoing taxonomic review and, if the changes are accepted, this species will be called Searsia tenuinervis (Engl.) Moffett[
Rhus amboensis Schinz
Rhus commiphoroides Engl. & Gilg
Rhus kwebensis N.E.Br.
Searsia tenuinervis (Engl.) Moffett
Rhus tenuinervis is a much-branched, sometimes thorny shrub or can become a rounded bushy tree; it grows from 1 - 8 metres tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of wood.
Eastern and Southern Africa - Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Angola, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, S. Africa.
Wooded grassland and bushland, especially on rocky slopes, hardly in miombo; white sand soils; termite mounds; river banks; gravelly stations, Brachystegia woodland; open savannah with Albizia, Acacia; at elevations from 690 - 2,000 metres[
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Leaves - raw[
]. The crushed leaves have a strong, distinctive smell. They are sour and are chewed like khat (Catha edulis)[
Seed - raw[
]. The fruits are stripped off the branches, rubbed in the hands for a while, and after the dry seed shells are blown away, the remaining seeds are eaten[
A decoction of the root is used in the treatment of chest pains and severe coughing[
The grated outer layer of the root is rubbed into skin incisions in the cheek to treat toothache[
A decoction of the bark is taken in the treatment of chronic diarrhoea[
The roots are very hard when dry and are used for carving arrowheads and arrow joints[
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