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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 amboensis Schinz
Rhus commiphoroides Engl. & Gilg
Rhus kwebensis N.E.Br.
Rhus tenuinervis Engl.
Searsia 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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