Capparis tomentosa

Capparis tomentosa

African plant in the family Capparidaceae; contains an unidentified hepatoxin; causes hepatic insufficiency, jaundice, photosensitization and encephalopathy. Called also hekkabit, gulum.
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The larval food plant is the woolly caper bush Capparis tomentosa.
In southern region of Ethiopia, Grewia tembensis was reported as the main preferred plant species by adult Camel in the wet season followed by Ormocarpum mimosoides and Acacia etbaica where as Cadaba farinose and Capparis tomentosa were most preferred herbaceous plant species in the dry season (Woodward and Coppock, 1995).
Of the 29 common woody plant species, the most abundant species were Dichrostachys cineria, Acacia tortilis, Philenoptera violacea, Thilachium africanum, Flueggea virosa, Ehretia amoena, Croton megalobotrys, Tabernaemontana elegans and Capparis tomentosa.
Second, sub-cluster B consisted of 14 sample plots from Save-Runde Junction IBA and comprised of the following dominant species: Acacia tortilis, Adansonia digitata, Capparis tomentosa, Combretum imberbe, Combretum mossambicense, Dichrostachys cineria, Kigelia africana, Maclura africana, Philenoptera violacea, Tabernaemontana elegans and Thilachium africanum.