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Tassel-berry tree

Afrikaans name: Voelsitboom

Tassel-berry

Above - Fruit of a Tassel-berry tree

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The Tassel-berry tree gets its name from its bunches of fruit that hang down from smaller branches. The fruit is eaten by many different species of birds. Mammals such as Chacma Baboon, Vervet Monkey, Kudu and Nyala eat the berries as well. The fruit starts off green and becomes dark-red when ripe. The flowers are red.

The tree normally only grows to a height of about 5 metres, although some individuals can reach 15 metres. In other areas the tree can be less than a metre in height and is little more than a shrub.

For many years us humans have found medicinal uses for the roots and leaves of the Tassel-berry. Amongst these are treatments for heart disease, upset stomachs, coughing and fertility.

The Tassel-berry tree is found along the eastern regions of South Africa.

Tassel-berry

Above - Leaves of a Tassel-berry tree

Photo © Steven Herbert

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