This species has been much confused in the literature Elaeodendron croceum (Thunb.) DC., a shrub or small tree up to 10 metres tall occurring in eastern Zimbabwe and eastern South Africa, and probably with similar uses[
Cassine parvifolia E.Mey.
Crocoxylon excelsum Eckl. & Zeyh.
Elaeodendron excelsum (Eckl. & Zeyh.) Ettingsh.
Salacia zeyheri Planch. ex Harv.
Elaeodendron zeyheri is a shrub or a tree growing from 1 - 12 metres tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of dyes, tannins and wood.
The roots have been used as an ordeal poison[
Southern Africa - Mozambique, S. Africa.
Evergreen forest and near rivers[
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The bark has been used to treat snakebites[
A root decoction has been used as emetic and ordeal poison[
The bark has been used for tanning and dyeing[
The brownish wood is used for beams and furniture[
The wood has rather similar properties as that of Elaeodendron buchananii and is suitable for similar purposes[
]. These properties and uses are as follows:-
The heartwood is pale brown to reddish brown; it is distinctly demarcated from the whitish sapwood. The grain is straight or interlocked; texture moderately fine. The wood is heavy, hard, tough and moderately durable. It is fairly easy to saw; planes well; can be polished to a nice surface; turns well. The heartwood is difficult to impregnate with preservatives, the sapwood moderately difficult[
]. It is used for joinery and furniture, and is suitable for heavy construction, heavy flooring, interior trim, ship building, vehicle bodies, mine props, handles, ladders, sporting goods, toys, novelties, turnery, pattern making, veneer and plywood[
The wood is used for fuel and for making charcoal[
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