Index
Kromme-Geelhout-Database

Species details

Genus

Genus : Tarchonanthus
Family: Asteraceae (Dicotyledon)
Taxon : Flowering plant
Group : Plant

SPECIES
littoralis
NOTES

A dioecious, grey-felted shrub or small tree with a strong camphor smell and dull green elliptic leaves. The greyish-brown wood is close-grained, hard and heavy and polishes well. Has been used for musical instruments, boat building and cabinet work. The branches often have galls.


AUTHORITY
P.P.J. Herman
Sub Author
Conservation
Common
Habit
Shrub/tree
Land Invertebrate
n/a 


Colour
Notes: Discoid flower heads in large panicles. The seeds are woolly cream
Colour: Cream
Common Name
Camphorwood
Sagewood
Wild cotton
African flea bane
Wild sage
Vaalbos
Bastervaalbos
Bergvaalbos
Kleinvaalbos
Kamferbas
Kanferboom
Kanferhout
Vaaibos
Basterolien
Olienbos
Salie
Saliehout
Wildesalie
Sieriehout
Witbos
Habitat
NOTES: Grows in the riverine bush
HABITAT NAME: Bush
Uses
Rheumatism treatments
Leaf smoke is inhaled for rheumatism
Pain treatments
Leaf smoke is inhaled for headaches
Sleep treatments
Leaf smoke is inhaled for insomnia
Respiratory treatments
A leaf infusion or poultice is used for asthma and bronchitis
Throat treatments
Leaves are chewed for sore throats
Toxicity
Splinters cause septic sores which are difficult to heal
Woodworking
The greyish-brown wood is close-grained, hard and heavy and polishes well. Has been used for musical instruments, boat building and cabinet work
Charms
Leaves are chewed for protection on a journey
Months
April
December
February
January
March
All year
Synonyms for Species
Tarchnanthus camphorates
Tarchonanthus abyssinicus
Tarchonanthus minor



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