Tarchonanthus camphoratus

Tarchonanthus camphoratus


Common Names

wildekanferbos (afrikaans)
camphor bush (english)
moologa (venda)
mofahlana (sesotho)
igqeba emlimhlophe (zulu)
mofathla (tswana)


Genus Tarchonanthus
Species camphoratus
SA Plant Number 733
Basionym Tarchonanthus camphoratus


Tarchonanthus camphoratus is a hardy, large, decorative, evergreen shrub or small tree with attractive silver foliage that smells of camphor when crushed.

Sprays of white, thistle like flowers covered in white woolly hairs are borne from March to November. All parts of the plant are aromatic and smell strongly of camphor. 

This useful plant makes an excellent screen and windbreak. It has a fibrous root system and can be used for binding the soil. It also makes a lovely shade tree for a small garden.

This drought resistant shrub is heavily browsed on by game. Used extensively as a medicinal plant.

The wood is beautiful and among other things has been used to make musical instruments.

Size Up to 5m




Limpopo, North West, Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Free State, Northern Cape


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