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Cassine transvaalensis

   (Family: Celastraceae)
Afrikaans: Transvaalsaffraan English: Saffronwood Zulu: ingwavuma  EDIT
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Plant Type: EDIT  Tree
Tree No.: 416
Height: 4 - 10m
Special properties:
  Has Medicinal Uses
Rarity Status:
Preferred rainfall: Summer
Preferred position:
Full Sun
Tolerated soil:  
  Sand (coarse texture, drains easily)
  The bark is know to be toxic
Flowering time EDIT
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flower colours
  Flower info
  Small and inconspicuous flowers.
Leaf shape EDIT
Leaf type
Leaf texture Waxy
Bark / Stem type
  Leaf info EDIT
  Simple, narrow linear to narrowly elliptic, may be alternate but typically arranged groups on very short twigs coming off the branchlets at right angles. The leaves are a glossy, deep blue-green colour
Fruit type EDIT
Fruit colour
Fruit is edible
  Seed info EDIT
Description EDIT
Multi-branched tree, usually around fire metres in height but may reach 10 metres or more.
Growing EDIT
Distribution EDIT
The species is widely distributed in the noth-eastern parts of South Africa.
History EDIT
Medicinal uses, An infusion of the bark is taken as a stomach cleanser and used as an enema for stomach ache and fever, and to treat intestinal cramps and diarrhoea.

Preparation and Dosage. A teaspoon of powdered bark is boiled in water and no more than two cups are taken per day. The powdered bark may also be licked from the palm of the hand, and washed down with a small amount of water.
Ecology EDIT
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