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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Common Crow-Berry

Afrikaans name: Gewone Kraaibessie

Leaves of a Common Crow-Berry Tree

Leaves of the Common Crow-Berry tree

Photo © Steven Herbert

Rhus pentheri

The Common Crow-Berry is also known as the Crowberry Currant-Rhus.

It is a small dense tree that grows to a height of anywhere between 2 and 12 metres.

The flowers of the Common Crow-Berry are small, yellow and star-shaped. It gets a fruit that looks like a flattended grape. Some people enjoy eating them.

Bark of a Common Crow-Berry Tree

Bark of the Common Crow-Berry tree

Photo © Steven Herbert

Various mammals eat the roots and leaves of the tree.

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References and further reading

Sappi Tree Spotting: KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape - Author: Val Thomas and Rina Grant - Year Published: 2004? - Page: 162

The Complete Field Guide to Trees of Natal, Zululand and Transkei - Author: Elsa Pooley - Year Published: 1994 - Page: 258

Trees of Southern Africa - 3rd edition - Author: Keith Coates Palgrave - Year Published: 2002 - Page: 579

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