Scientific Name: Boscia Foetida
Common names: Smelly or Stink Shepherd tree, or Fake Shepherd tree. 'Stink Wit-gat' in Afrikaans.
Description: Smallish tree of about 1 m in height, with similar characteristics as the
Boscia albitrunca (white trunk), but smaller leaves. The flowers are greenish in colour, and give of an unpleasant smell.
The berries is greyish-green in colour and average about 1 cm in diameter. Commonly
found in the dry regions of Namibia from the south to the far north.
Superstition uses: Non recorded.
Nutritive uses: Animals will feed of the leaves and small fruit.
Interesting Facts: The flowers attracts a lot of insects, due to their bad smell (smell like an open sewer). Common all over the Namib region of Namibia.
Credits: Christian Fourie.