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Scientific Name: Heteromorpha arborescens
Alternative Names: Wilde Pietersielie (Afr.), Umbangandlala (Xhosa, Zulu), Mkatlala (Sotho)

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  • Perennial
  • The Parsley tree is indigenous to South Africa and SA Tree No: 568.
  • It is a small deciduous tree with shiny a bark which peels of in horizontal flakes and leaving ring-like scars below.
  • When new, these have a surface like the finest satin.
  • When crushed the leaves smell like parsley or parsnips, hence the common name.
  • It has non-invasive roots.

Parts Used

  • The roots are mainly used, but sometimes also the stem bark and leaves.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Treat scrofula, abdominal pains, colic, headaches, fever, shortness of breath, asthma, coughs, dysentery, infertility, weakness, and intestinal worms.
  • It is also widely used as an aphrodisiac, to treat mental and nervous disorders and for purifying the blood, stomach, and kidneys.
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