Euclea natalensis is a very variable, evergreen plant, ranging from a small shrub up to a moderately large tree with a spreading crown and a bole 20cm or more. Euclea natalensis is a hardy, evergreen, very attractive shrub or small to medium sized tree (depending on where in grow. The custom of cleaning teeth and the gums with a chewed root of the tree Euclea natalensis, in the belief that it benefits oral health, is practised in South Africa.

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The species name natalensis means from Natal, now KwaZulu-Natal. Twigs are used eyclea toothbrushes. They have a heavy, sweet scent. Description Euclea natalensis is a hardy, evergreen, very attractive shrub or small to medium sized tree depending on where in grows.

Full SunPosition: They are edible and attract birds. Common names of South African plants. Euclea natalensis is a shrub or small bushy tree, m tall, with a dense, spreading crown, or under warm and well-watered conditions, a medium-sized tree m tall with spreading branches.

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Diospyros is a large genus of about species that occur throughout the tropics and subtropics of both hemispheres, with about 94 species in Africa, and about 20 in southern Africa.

Small GardensHabitat: Place in a warm position out of direct sun and keep moist.


This species is wind tolerant, and drought tolerant when established. This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.

Toothbrushing with the root of Euclea natalensis.

Natal Flora Publications Trust, Durban. The lower surface is often covered with thick, velvety red hairs, the upper surface is occasionally also covered with hairs. MedicinalGarden Uses: The flowers are small, bell-shaped, cream to yellow and are carried in many-flowered, eucea sprays in the axils of the leaves.

Euclea natalensis is not threatened. The fruits are edible, and are eaten by birds, monkeys and people. In arid scrub it is stunted, often natalendis than a metre tall, while in forest or under favourable conditions it can form a handsome tree m tall with spreading branches. It has a dark, spreading crown of shiny, hard and leathery leaves.

Euclea natalensis is divided into six subspecies: View other plants in this family QR code link View other plants in this genus. University of Cape Town, Cape Town. Natal guarri, Natal ebony, large-leaved guarri Eng. Shrub, Tree SA Distribution: It is also used for protective sprinkling charms.

Toothbrushing with the root of Euclea natalensis.

The genus name Euclea means of good report, or famous, from the Greek eucleia, glory which is derived from eu- good, and kleos report, perhaps referring to the good quality ebony-type wood of some species. A South African guide. SmallGrowth Rate: Origins and meanings of names of South African plant genera. Protect from frost when young. Along rivers and streamsHabitat: The margins are thickened and often wavy. The strongly scented small, creamy white flowers are borne from August to March and are followed by round red to black fruit from March to December.


Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Euclea natalensis subsp. obovata

Water generously during its first years to allow it to establish itself. The common name guarri is the phonetic spelling of its original Khoisan name, the original meaning unknown.

Euclea natalensis is a hardy, evergreen, very attractive shrub or small to medium sized tree depending on where in grows. What code is in the image?

Roots are pounded and boiled and used to make a black dye. Associated with Natlaensis MoundsHabitat: The trees growing in Kirstenbosch do not set fruit as abundantly as trees in habitat, perhaps because the male and female specimens are planted too far apart from each other. Coastal ScrubHabitat: Rocky OutcropsDrought Hardiness: Take sturdy, semi-hardwood heel cuttings from the previous year’s growth.