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Scientific name: Ziziphus zeyheriana  

Synonym(s): Ziziphus helvola

Family: Rhumnaceae


Common Names:Dwarf buffalo-thorn, Dwarf-shiny-leaf-wait-a-while (Eng.); Dwerg-blinkbaar-wag-‘n-beitjie, Haakbessie, Haakdoringbossie, Haakdorinkie, Klein-wag-'n-bietjie, Toon-wag-'n-bietjie, Wag-'n-bietjie, Wag-'n-bietjie-doring (Afr).

Dicoma capensis

Ziziphus zeyheriana

Description: Dwarf Buffalo Thorn is a shrublet, up to 80 cm, with erect annual stems growing from a creeping rhizome.

Leaves are ovate, 3-veined from the base; margins finely serrate. Stipules in the form of opposite spines, usually one straight and one hooked at each node or both hooked.

Fruits up to 8 mm in diameter, globose and 2 seeded.

Seeds up to 5x5 mm, compressed.

Flowers are small axillary clusters, greenish-yellow.

Flowering time: Spring.

Origin:South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Namibia

Plant Uses: The fruit is used as food and to make medicine. Ziziphus is used for improving muscular strength and weight, for preventing liver and bladder diseases and stress ulcers, and as a sedative. It is also used to reduce constipation and to reduce symptoms of some medications.

Propagation: Seed propagation


van Wyk, B. and Malan S. 1998. Field guide to wild flowers of the Highveld: Also useful in adjacent grassland and bushveld. Struik Nature Publication Accessed 06 June 2019