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Scientific Name: Ehretia rigida
Alternative Names: umHlele (Zu), Moro (So), iBotshane (Xho), mutepe (Ve)

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Ehretia rigida
Ehretia rigida


  • Perennial
  • Indigenous to South Africa.
  • Hardy, deciduous, drought resistant, small tree.
  • Small, sweet smelling lilac-white flowers.
  • Sun or semi-shade.
  • Prune with a single stem for a Standard or tree for a small garden - or use as a hedge or security barrier.
  • Attract birds.

Parts Used

  • The roots.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Powdered roots to treat small cuts in the skin.
  • Apply over the abdomen and chest to relieve pains.

For Animals. It is said that

  • Used to treat gall sickness in cattle.

Other Uses

  • Believed to bring luck to hunters and is also used to protect huts and crops from hail.
  • Has strong, flexible branches - made into hunting bows and fishing baskets.
The information contained within this website is for educational purposes only. This site merely recounts the traditional uses of specific plants as recorded through history. Always seek advice from a medical practitioner.

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