Botanical name

Colpoon compressum

Family

Santalaceae

Common Name

Cape Sumach - Pruimbas

Synonym (old name)

Osyris compressa
Colpoon compressum
Colpoon compressum
Colpoon compressum
Colpoon compressum
Colpoon compressum

Description

Small tree/shrub growing on coastal dunes - lower mountain slopes. Berries are edible and the bark is used for tanning. Evergreen leaves are oval - blue-green with a grey bloom - stiff and leathery. Yellowish-green small inconspicuous flowers.

Habitat

Widespread coastal plant