Also known as
Rooiessenhout (Afr.), Mutuhu, Mamba
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This plant has a strong fragrance
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Natal Mahogany Overview
Trichilia emetica is an evergreen medium-to-large tree, with separate male and female plants. It has a dense, spreading crown. The pinkish to light brown wood is the most important source of timber for the rural carving industry in southern Africa. It is used for traditional carvings, musical instruments, furniture, boats and canoes. In Maputaland several traditional items are carved including bowls (iziMbenge ), dishes for meat (uGqoko), spoons (iziNkhezo ) and head rests (iziGqiki). This is a common feature plant. ZA Distribution: KwaZulu-Natal.
Common problems with Natal Mahogany
Generally problem free
How to harvest Natal Mahogany
Seeds are harvested when ripe, as the capsule splits open.
How to propagate Natal Mahogany
Sow seeds when fresh into pots with well draining potting mix.
Soft or hard wood cuttings can be taken, using rooting hormone to stimulate root growth.
Special features of Natal Mahogany
Sunbirds that feed on the flower nectar and other birds feed on the seeds.
Attracts useful insects
They add lovely green to office space and indoors!
Other uses of Natal Mahogany
The bark, roots, leaves and fruit can all be used to treat various ailments.
The seeds are soaked in water and the milky soup is eaten with spinach. Seed arils are soaked and cooked together with sweet potatoes or squash.