Harpephyllum Bernh.

Greek harpe — sickle, phyllon — leaf.

For description see H. caffrum.

Grown for the ornamental leaves and fruits, often as a street tree.They are protected trees in S Africa.

1 species from S Africa.


Used locally, especially the fruits, to make alcoholic beverages, conserves and jellies; the nuts may be eaten raw or cooked; bark extracts are used medicinally; the wood is used for furniture.

Compound pinnate leaves (reddening with age within the canopy) with opposite, sickleshaped leaflets; ovaries with 4-5 chambers.

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Anacardiaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 3. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 2. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Rosanae
order      Sapindales
family       Anacardiaceae
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Subordinate taxa
species         Harpephyllum caffrum Bernh.