Acacia xanthophloea | Ubulawu dream herb | Mukanya Kude | Wild South Africa

Acacia xanthophloea | Ubulawu dream herb | Mukanya Kude | Wild South Africa



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Acacia xanthophloea | Ubulawu dream herb

We buy our Acacia xanthophloea from a native woman that sells medicinal plants on a small market in South Africa. She collects all plants herself together with her family. We met her through a friend who is a strong supporter of special plants in South Africa and runs a small shop there. She is also a teacher at a local primary school.

We have been working with them for years based on exchange of plants and also directly buying. She shares her African plants and we share our South American plants. All are happy and no intermediaries in between. That is how we love it and that is how we work as much as possible always with our partners overseas.

Native Use

Ubulawu dream herbs. Mukanya Kude is one of the so-called “Ubulawu” dream herbs. This name is associated with a series of plants in southern Africa, which are used for visions and vivid dreams. It is said that by taking Ubulawu herbs you can communicate with the spirits of the ancestors and receive special insights and answers.

The more widespread name of Mukanya Kude is “fever tree,” as the European settlers at that time believed that malaria was descended from these trees, rather than from the real miseries that inhabited the same marshy areas, the mosquitoes.

In African culture, and particularly for the Zulu people, the bark of the Mukanya Kude is known for its characteristic Dreams. These dreams are considered visionary and prophetic.

Bark from this tree and four other herbs including Silene capensis (African dream root) and Synaptolepis kirkii are boiled into a brew. This is taken to induce lucid dreams, which they call “white paths”. Before going to sleep a question is asked that will be answered in their dreams. Medicinally, the roots and a powder made from bark stripped from the trunk are used as an emetic and as a prophylactic against malaria


Mukanya Kude (Acacia xanthophloea) is a tree that grows in the swampy areas of the south and east of Africa. The tree has a yellowish bark from which its Latin name derives.

The bark is removed with a knife and bark collectors usually focus on larger-sized trees. The tolerance of Acacia xanthophloea to damage is high, and usually trees recover from bark removal as well as from elephant damage.

Scientific information

Acacia xanthophloea tree is popular amongst birds for nest building as the thorns add extra protection against predators such as snakes. Young branches and leaves are eaten by elephant and the leaves and pods are eaten by giraffe and vervet monkeys. Monkeys and grey louries also eat the flowers. The gum and green seeds are eaten by baboons. Insects such as bees are attracted by the yellow colour and sweet scent of the flowers and perform a pollination role.


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