Cussonia spicata

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Cussonia spicata
Cussonia spicata - Cabbage tree - South Africa.JPG
Cussonia spicata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Apiales
Family: Araliaceae
Subfamily: Aralioideae
Genus: Cussonia
Species: C. spicata
Binomial name
Cussonia spicata

Cussonia spicata (known as spiked cabbage tree, lowveld cabbage tree or common cabbage tree) is a tree in the Araliaceae family.

It occurs naturally in southern Africa and into tropical Africa.

It is cultivated as a garden plant and can reach a height of 15 meters. It does not tolerate extreme degrees of frost. It is one of the favorite foods for wild elephants.[1]


Ethnomedical Uses[edit]

It has been used in traditional African medicine and its medicinal properties are being investigated.


  1. ^ Minute 6-7; April 5 2009 episode)Naked Scientists