Grewia occidentalis

Grewia occidentalis
Grewia occidentalis
Grewia occidentalis

Common names: cross-berry (English). 
Botanical name: Grewia occidentalis

Grewia occidentalis, commonly known as cross-berry, is a versatile and visually appealing indigenous shrub, reaching up to 3m in height. This deciduous plant displays star-shaped purple flowers in summer, followed by distinctive four-lobed fruits. Found in diverse habitats, from arid karoo to montane forests, it serves as a vital food source for various wildlife, and its dried fruits are utilized in traditional medicine. Frost- and drought-hardy. and attracts butterflies and birds.

Uses & Benefits: food, hedge, medicine, pot plant

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Family: Malvaceae
Type: scrambler, shrub, tree
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Flower colour: mauve, pink
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Plant-animal interactions: bees, birds, butterflies
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Use as Medicine


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