Gonioma kamassii

Gonioma kamassii

Common Names

Kamassi (english)
Kamassie (afrikaans)
Umgonwane (zulu)
Igala-Gala (xhosa)


Genus Gonioma
Species kamassii
SA Plant Number 641
Basionym Gonioma kamassii


Gonioma kamassii is a species that is endemic to South Africa.

It is a fairly hardy, evergreen shrub or small tree with a dense crown of leathery, shiny, dark green leaves. The bark is smooth at first, aging to scale-like fissures.

Clusters of small, white, wonderfully scented flowers are borne throughout the year but with a peak in October. They are followed by upright leathery pods that split to release the seeds.

Plant in shade or semi-shade in compost rich soil. This beautiful little tree is ideal for small gardens. Quite similar to Buxus sp. but with larger leaves. Prunes well and makes a decorative garden subject.

Size 2 to 6m




 Limpopo, KwaZulu Natal, Eastern Cape, Western Cape


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