Baphia racemosa

Baphia racemosa

Common Names

Natal Camwood (english)
Boskamhout (afrikaans)
uTshuphu (xhosa)
isiFithi (zulu)


Genus Baphia
Species racemosa
SA Plant Number 224
Basionym Baphia racemosa


Baphia racemosa is a hardy, evergreen, quite slow growing shrub or small tree with a dense, rounded crown of dark green, glossy leaves.

It bears sprays of pure white pea-like flowers with a yellow honey-guide spot on the upper petal from August to November. The flowers fill the air with a strong violet scent and attract bees and a whole host of insects to the garden.

It is also the host plant of the Blue-spotted Charaxes and Orange-barred playboy butterflies.

It is an ideal tree for a small garden and should be planted in well-composted soil in shade or semi-shade.

Size 3 to 6m


Nectar plant:

The flowers attract bees and other pollinating insects to the garden with their nectar-rich flowers.

Butterfly host plant:

Host plant of the Blue-spotted Charaxes and Orange-barred Playboy butterflies



Beautiful tree for a small garden. A good tree to plant near swimming pools.


KwaZulu Natal, Eastern Cape


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