Searsia tomentosa

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Searsia tomentosa
Searsia tomentosa - Real Wild Currant bush - Cape Town.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Sapindales
Family: Anacardiaceae
Genus: Searsia
Species: S. tomentosa
Binomial name
Searsia tomentosa
(L.) F.A.Barkley

Searsia tomentosa, the real wild currant(English), umhlakoti(Zulu) or korentebos(Afrikaans), is a small, bushy, evergreen tree that occurs in fynbos and coastal shrub in South Africa. It is naturally most common in forest margins.

The sprays of small greenish flowers emit an unpleasant smell that attracts flies. However it is also an attractive shrub and is grown internationally in botanical gardens for its multi-coloured foliage.

References[edit]

  • Van Wyk: Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa, Struik, 1997.