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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 glaucescens natalensis auct.
Rhus glutinosa obtusifolia Engl.
Rhus inamoena Standl. ex Bullock
Rhus longipes Engl.
Rhus ruzizensis Engl.
Rhus schinoides Hutch.
Rhus villosa grandifolia Oliv.
Searsia longipes is a shrub or tree growing up to 12 metres tall[
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine.
Tropical Africa - Ethiopia, eastern DR Congo, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Angola, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Mozambique.
Savannah, thickets, woodlands of various types, forests, etc[
Fruit - raw[
]. The reddish, globose drupe is 3 - 7mm in diameter[
]. Although small, it is carried in clusters on the plant so can be harvested fairly easily[
A decoction of the root is drunk as a treatment for malaria[
A decoction of the root, combined with the leaf sap is used as a laxative and abortifacient[
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