isiXhosa: umvuthwamini

Afrikaans: doringels

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Canthium inerme

Scientific name

Sunny spot preferred; Forest, Mtn Fynbos. Size: Medium

The ecological and cultural aspects of this tree, its lovely aesthetic qualities and its relatively widespread distribution in southern Africa, make this species perhaps the best known Canthium in the region.

The common turkey-berry clearly is a species with much ecological value and interest. A large proportion of the trees are known to bear fruit annually, although some not so regularly. Pollination is effected by bees in search of pollen and nectar, and self-pollination is also seen to take place.

Canthium inerme, like so many tree species in southern Africa, is utilized for medicinal purposes, the leaves being used in the treatment of stomach ailments.

Propagation instructions

By seed

Canthium inerme is relatively easy in terms of propagation and is best grown from seed. Seeds should be collected when ripe and cleaning of these is recommended prior to sowing. Sowing can be done in trays or seed beds in a rich, well-drained medium, with equal parts of sand and compost.Place in a warm, brightly-lit area and keep moist but not wet.

References and further reading

PlantZAfrica profile »

Wikipedia page »

Image credit: Abu Shawka

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Important characteristics

Conservation status: Least Concern

This species was selected because it has various important characteristics.

This is a bird-friendly species

It provides medicinal value

Edible

Easy to grow

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