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Useful Tropical Plants

Rhus tomentosa

L.

Anacardiaceae


The genus Rhus is undergoing taxonomic review and, if the changes are accepted, this species will be called Searsia tomentosa (L.) F.A.Barkley[
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Plants for a Future
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Ken Fern
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Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
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+ Synonyms

Rhus bicolor Licht. ex Schult.

Rhus lobata Poir.

Rhus plukenetiana Eckl. & Zeyh.

Searsia tomentosa (L.) F.A.Barkley

Common Name:

Rhus tomentosa
Fruiting branches
Photograph by: Abu Shawka
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Rhus tomentosa Rhus tomentosa Rhus tomentosa

General Information

Rhus tomentosa is a much-branched shrub or a tree that can grow up to 5 metres tall[
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The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a source of tannins, fibre and fuel, and also occasionally as a food. An attractive shrub, it has potential as an ornamental[
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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.

Range

Southern Africa - Zimbabwe, S. Africa.

Habitat

Rocky mountain slopes and on edges of low bushland vegetation, at elevations up to 2,500 metres[
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Properties

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HabitTree
Height3.50 m
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details



A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required[
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Edible Uses

Fruits - raw. A very poor flavour[
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]. The fruit is a globose drupe 4 - 6mm long and 3 - 4mm wide[
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Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The wood, bark of the roots and branches, and the leaves are sources of tannins[
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]. The leaves yield 8% tannin and the twigs 5.7%. The bark is rich in tannic acid[
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A fibre obtained from the bark is used to make a rough rope[
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The wood is hard and tough, but it is only used as fuel because the trees are small[
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Propagation

Seed -

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