Zanthoxylum capense

Small Knobwood - Zanthoxylum capense
Small Knobwood - Zanthoxylum capense
Small Knobwood - Zanthoxylum capense

Common names: small knobwood (English); umlungumabele (Xhosa); umnungamabele (Zulu); kleinperdepram (Afrikaans). 
Botanical name: Zanthoxylum capense

The small knobwood, Zanthoxylum capense, is a small to medium-sized tree with glossy green leaves, spiny stems, and red fruits. It attracts various butterflies, monkeys, baboons, and birds that feed on its leaves, fruits, and seeds. It also has medicinal uses for flatulence, fever, snake bites, toothache, and mouthwash. The fruits and leaves contain sanguinarine, a compound that inhibits bacterial growth and inflammation. This tree is easy to grow from seedlings and can tolerate drought and frost. It makes an excellent specimen, container, or rock garden plant.

Uses & Benefits: medicine

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Family: Rutaceae
Type: shrub, tree
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