In researching South African plants in their anthropological context for my upcoming book (I sure as hell hope it’s ‘upcoming’!) I came across this one. It’s fascinating to note that many members of the Lovedu tribe in the north of South Africa’s Limpopo province could, a hundred years ago, identify up to two hundred plant species, with their uses. I challenge most of my modern readers to do the same.
Anyway, about the Muvilo tree: A branch, first presented to termites, is used to beat the temples to cure migraine; a medicated pole across the gate entrance keeps out witches. May not be used as firewood. I’m not sure why the branch needs to be presented to the termites first–I’d have thought the termites of the area knew the Muvilo tree by now.
The fruit is eaten by herdboys (January to March). When first flowering, don’t buy or hatch chickens (sand fleas – madzedze).
Just thought you’d like to know …
While writing this, I was listening to "Amber Light" by Mike Oldfield