Celtis gomphophylla (Rough-leaved white-stinkwood)
[= Celtis durandii]
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native Celtis and Trema species. A large tree
growing to a height of 25 m, found in forest. The main character
distinguishing this species from others in the genus is that the
leaves are elongated terminally to form a drip tip.
Distribution and habitat
Coastal strip of KwaZulu-Natal, touching into southern Mozambique. Also
eastern Zimbabwe and western Mozambique. Beyond southern Africa, its
distribution extends to Nigeria in West Africa, but it appears to be
absent from East Africa.
The wood has a bad smell, noticeable even
from decaying wood. There is no mention of it being used as
In rural areas, the bark of trees is
evidently hung by some in homes to ward off snakes.
- Palgrave, K.C. and Palgrave, M.C. 2002. Trees of Southern Africa. 3rd
Edition. Struik Publishers, Cape Town.
- Palmer, E. and Pitman, N. 1972. Trees of Southern Africa covering all
known indigenous species in the Republic of South Africa, South-West Africa,
Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland. Volume 1. A.A. Balkema, Cape
- van Wyk, B. and van Wyk, P. 1997. Field Guide to Trees of Southern
Africa. Struik Publishers, Cape Town.