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Family name: Araucariaceae

Scientific name: Araucaria heterophylla

Authority: (Salisb.) Franco

Zulu names: abangqongqozi, abangqongqosi

Short description: A. heterophylla is a pyramid-like evergreen conifer tree, needle-like leaves, and male and female cones on separate trees.


The Zulu name “abangqongqozi” means “those knocking on the door“.

The plant gets the name abangqongqozi because it is used to make a love charm that knocks on the door of the lost lover to remember you.

Related use: The bark is used to make an infusion that is administered as a love charm. The bark is also chewed and spat into the wind while saying the lost lover’s name.

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