Rapanea melanophloeos (L.) Mez
Common names: Cape Beech (Eng.); Boekenhout, Beukehout (Afr.); IsiCalabi, umaPhipha, iKhubalwane, isiQalaba sehlati (Zulu); isiQwane sehlati (Xhosa); iGcolo, udzilidzili (Sw)
- The flowers attract bees and flies,
- The fruit is eaten birds, baboons, vervet monkeys and bushpig.
- The grey bark and sometimes the roots are used medicinally for respiratory problems, stomach, muscular and heart complaints.
- The bark contains tannin and is used as iNtelezi (a charm to protect against evil spirits) by Nguni people.
- The wood is hard and used to make furniture and violins.