Scientific name
Grewia velutina (Forssk.) Vahl 

Family name

Local name(s)
Dhayita (Konsogna), Sefa/Somaya (Amhargna), Haroressa (Oromiffa)

General description
It is a slow growing deciduous shrub tree with hard and strong stem. Produces branches from the base of the main trunk. It reaches up to 2-10 m in height. Leaves are oval to oblong and pointed. The edge of the leaves is finely toothed, shiny green above but pale grey-white below, floppy in heat.

Edible part(s), preparation methods and palatability
Fruits are sweet but sharp on the tongue. They are consumed any time?

Commonly found in grasslands, along riverbanks in lowland and midland areas.

Propagation method(s)
Propagates by seeds.

Sample location(s)
Jarso Kebele, Konso

Young branches are bendable, hence suitable for making bows and beehives. Strand from the bark is used for beehive and construction purposes. Flowers are good sources of nectars for honey bees forage. Als used for walking sticks, poles, tool handles, fodder and for medicine. 

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G. velutina bush in the lowland bushland area of Jarso Kebele, Konso Special Woreda.