Combretum molle Tree
Combretum molle leaves in Uganda, Africa
What you can use the plant for:
You can use this tree as an important traditional medicine. Most African people use boiled root decoction to treat constipation, headaches, stomachs, fever, dysentery and swellings, and as an anthelmintic for hookworm. The leaves are chewed, soaked in water and the juice drunk for chest complaints; it can also be used as an inhalant in a hot steam bath.
It is termite-proof and can be used to make fence posts, implement handles and bowls for grinding peanuts and mealies.
Red fabric dyes are made from the leaves, whereas dyes made from the roots are yellow-brown. To buy this plant or its products click here.
Plant species Name(s)
Combretum molle (velvet bush willow)
Plant Local name(s)
In Lunyoro (Murama),
In Lusoga (ndawa),
Where to find this Plant in Uganda
You will typically find this Tree plant located in bush land and wooded grass land all over Africa- Common throughout Uganda.
Velvet bush willow is a small to medium-sized evergreen deciduous trees that grows up to 13 m high, with rounded crown. It has grey bark when still young and this becomes grey-brown or almost black when older.
The leaves are simple, opposite, densely covered by velvety hairs when immature and smoother when mature. Young leaves are attractive with light pink or orange colour. Its flowering time is Sept.–Nov. The flowers are in dense axillary spikes with greenish yellow colour, strongly scented and attractive to bees and other insects. The fruit is four-winged, about 20 mm in diameter, light green with reddish shade which turns red-brown when dry.To buy this plant or its products click here.