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Plant Information

Common Name: CROSS BERRY
Scientific Name: Grewia occidentalis
Alternative Names: Kruisbessie (Afr), Mokukutu (Tswa), Mogwane (So), iLalnyathi (Zu), umNqabaza (Xho), Mulembu (Ve), Nsihana (Tso).

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Grewia occidentalis
Grewia occidentalis
Grewia occidentalis


  • Perennial
  • Indigenous, evergreen shrub/tree.
  • Full sun or Semi-shade.
  • Frost tolerant.
  • Low water requirements.
  • Fast grower.
  • Attracts birds and insects.

Culinary Uses

  • Dried fruits can be boiled in milk.

Parts Used

  • Bark, fruit and roots.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Bark treats wounds and was used as a shampoo – was believed to prevent hair from turning grey.
  • Treats impotence and sterility.
  • Root extracts to help with childbirth.
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