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Searsia glutinosa abyssinica
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 abyssinica Hochst. ex Oliv.
Rhus foliosa A.Rich.
Rhus glutinosa abyssinica (Hochst. ex Oliv.) M.G.Gilbert
Rhus petitiana A.Rich.
Searsia glutinosa abyssinica is a fast-growing, evergreen shrub or small tree growing up to 7 metres tall.
The plant is gathered from the wild as a source of timber and tannins for local use. The wood is used for chewsticks, which are sold in local markets.
Northeast Africa - Abyssinia, Eritrea.
Rocky hillsides at elevations above 1,500 metres in Eritrea[
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Established plants are drought resistant[
The branches are used to make chewsticks for cleaning the teeth[
The bark is a source of tannins[
The wood is used for construction, walking sticks[
The wood is used as a fuel[
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