GRVL Fun Facts

Trees/shrub   Common Name: Broad-leaved Croton  

Swahili Name: Mfurufuru


Usage and treatment  

Part used: Leaves, fruits, seeds and stem

 Attractive tree often planted to provide shade in plantations

 Stabilizes and enriches the soil

 Seeds are used as a fish poison

 A vegetable salt is prepared from the ashes of the burnt leaves  Most parts of the plant are used to treat various conditions

 The juice from the leaves is used as an anthelmintic to rid the body of parasites and toxins

 A root decoction is used as an anthelmintic for tapeworm

 The juice is also for dealing with skin problems, applied on wounds to hasten clotting and treat sores, warts and ringworm

 The leaves or young shoots are eaten to treat fever and oedema

 A boiled leaf decoction is drunk, or the ashes taken orally, as a treatment for cough

 A decoction of the young leafy shoots, combined with Justicia schimperiana, pepper, butter and milk, is used in the treatment of jaundice, and for an eruptive disease resembling small-pox

 An extract of leaves is used against itchy scalp, as a purgative, to treat malaria and venereal diseases

 The bark is an ingredient for effective purgative and vermifuge

 The seed is eaten to procure abortion

 A preparation of the seed is instilled into the ear as a remedy for ear-troubles

 The crushed leaves and seed mixed are drunk in water as a remedy for tapeworm.  

Fun fact:  Eburru forest has diverse habitats

 It’s home to 188 known species of birds.




By Kilonzo, senior naturalist at the Great Rift Valley Lodge.