Scientific Name: Catophractes alexandri
Common names: Trumpet thorn, Gababos in Afrikaans.
Description: Scrub reaching up to 3 m in height, with hard spiny branches, preferring calcium rich soils. Common in northern Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe
Medical uses: Tea is made from the roots and bark to treat coughs and stomach pains.
Superstition uses: None recorded.
Nutritive uses: Both domestic and wildlife will feed on the leaves.
Other uses: Interesting Facts: Seen in dense clusters across northern Namibia, and a very popular food source for the black rhinos in the Etosha National Park of Namibia.
Credits: Christian Fourie.