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There has been considerable uncertainty amongst botanists as to the best way of treating the genus Searsia, with some viewing it as a genus distinct from Rhus, whilst others see insufficient differences and place it as a subgenus of Rhus. There seems to be a growing acceptance that Searsia is distinct and it is treated thus here.
Rhus ciliata Licht. ex Schult.
Rhus concinna Burch.
Searsia ciliata is a thorny, low, straggly, evergreen shrub growing from 2 - 4 metres tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild as a source of tannins and occasionally for food.
Southern Africa - Namibia, southern Botswana, S. Africa,
Mainly found along dry river beds, sometimes forming dense colonies[
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Fruit - raw[
]. Not very tasty[
The roots are a source of tannins[
The plant is known as firebush in Namibia, where it is used to extinquish fires[
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[
The dried seed can be stored for 1 - 2 years[
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