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A preliminary checklist of Xhosa names for trees growing in Transkei

Colin T. Johnson
Bothalia | Vol 20, No 2 | a908 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/abc.v20i2.908 | © 1990 Colin T. Johnson | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 16 October 1990 | Published: 17 October 1990

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Colin T. Johnson, Botany Department. University of the Western Cape, South Africa

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Xhosa names for 284 of the 392 tree taxa recorded for Transkei are listed. The semantics of the common names are discussed.
The main moulding forces for these names were found to be: tree habit, characteristics shared with animals, medicinal uses
and social or historic events.


ethnobotany; Transkei; trees; vernacular names


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