Spirostachys africana (Tambotie, Tamboti, Uthombothi) muthi plant 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 Spirostachys africana
Indications: Administered to people. Administered to animals. Applied in a magical sense. Caution: Harmful to people or animals.
Spirostachys africana has a very characteristic bark that is dark brown to black, thick, rough and neatly cracked into regular rectangular blocks that are arranged in longitudinal rows. The new, red leaves make a brilliant display in Spring. Tamboti does best in clayey soil. Latex is poisonous as well as the smoke from burning wood. It is really a beautiful tree, but not readily available at nurseries. (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/spirostachys-africana/. Accessed on 2020/01/