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Traditional Medicinal Uses of Rapanea melanophloeos
Indications: Administered to people only. Applied in a magical sense. Caution: Harmful to people or animals.
Rapanea melanophloeos is a relatively hardy, medium-sized, evergreen tree with dark leaves that have a purplish cast to them. The small greenish-white flowers from May to July attract insects and are followed by small purple fruits borne in profusion close to the stems that attract birds. Rapanea melanophloeos is a good garden subject if planted as a specimen or a useful addition to screen planting with its unusual colour foliage. It has a non-aggressive root system. In Nature, it is normally associated with a damp spot. (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/rapanea-melanophloeos/. Accessed on 2020/01/06