Noltea africana

Noltea africana
Noltea africana

Common names: soap glossy-leaf, noltea, soap bush, soap dogwood (English); umkhuthuhla, amaluleka, iphalode, umglindi (Xhosa); umahlahlakwa, umaluleka (Zulu); seepblinkblaar, seepbos (Afrikaans). 
Botanical name: Noltea africana

Noltea africana, also known as soap glossy-leaf or soap bush, is a fast-growing, small tree that is endemic to South Africa. It has glossy dark green leaves, fragrant white flowers, and small brown woody fruits. It attracts butterflies, bees, and birds to the garden, and can be used as a screening or windbreak plant. It is also a valuable medicinal plant, as its leaves can be used as a soap substitute and to treat fever, worms, and cattle diseases. It grows well in sunny and semi-shaded areas, in loamy, compost-enriched soil, and can be easily propagated from seed.

Uses & Benefits: cosmetics, hedge

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Family: Rhamnaceae
Type: shrub, tree
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