Catha edulis (boesmanstee, bushmans tea, shikwane, mhlwazi) muthi flora inventory listing. If you want to add this plant to the Expanded Monograph processing cue, or if you can provide any additional information, photos or reliable use records for this muthi plant, please leave a comment below, or in The Muthi Flora of southern Africa Facebook group.
Ethno Medicinal Uses of Catha edulis
Indications: Administered to people. Applied in a magical sense. Caution: Harmful to people or animals. In North Africa, the leaves are chewed and apparently has a narcotic effect,
Catha edulis is a graceful, small, fast-growing tree with a lovely slender shape with an upright crown and drooping branches. It is often described as resembling a Eucalyptus tree. It bears glossy, leathery, green leaves that become an attractive yellow in autumn. Small white flowers are born between January and November in dense clusters attracting many pollinators and insects. It can grow up to 7m tall. The straight slender stem has a light grey (sometimes tinged with yellow) tough bark, often cracked. Young stems appear a pinkish colour. Catha edulis is quite an attractive container plant and is ideal for small townhouse gardens. Plant singly in small spaces or group together for a forested feel. (Wildflower Nursery)
Arnold. T.H., Prentice, C.A., Hawker, L.C., Snyman, E.E., Tomalin, M., Crouch, N.R. and Pottas-Bircher, C. (2002). Medicinal and magical plants of southern Africa: an annotated checklist. Strelitzia 13. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria.
Wildflower Nursery – https://wildflowernursery.co.za/indigenous-plant-database/catha-edulis/. Accessed on 2020/01/20