Ehretia braunii Vatke
Ehretia coerulea glandulosa Seuss.
Ehretia fischeri Gürke
Ehretia obovata R.Br. ex A.DC.
is a deciduous shrub or much-branched tree usually growing up to 4.5 metres tall, occasionally to 10 metres[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of wood.
Ehretia obtusifolia has a very wide distribution, large population, is not currently experiencing any major threats and no significant future threats have been identified. The plant is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2019)[
Africa - Ethiopia and Somalia, south through eastern Africa to Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, S. Africa, Madagascar; E Asia to India
Woodlands, thickets, granite hills, very often on termite mounds, at elevations from 150 - 1,500 metres[
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The leaves are used as an infusion to treat sore throat and are rubbed on the gums of infants suffering from teething pains[
The powdered root is added to porridge to treat painful menstruation and infertility in women and an infusion of the roots is taken against retained placenta[
]. A decoction of the roots is taken as a painkiller, specifically against abdominal pain[
The wood is used to make pestles for pounding grain[
The wood is used for fuel[
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