Hypericum revolutum (Bekele-Tesemma, 2007)

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Hypericum quartinianum
Bekele-Tesemma, Useful trees and shrubs for Ethiopia, 2007
Hypericum revolutum (Bekele-Tesemma, 2007)
Hypericum roeperianum

Hypericum revolutum (H. lanceolatum) Hypericaceae Indigenous

Common names

  • English: Curry bush, Giant St. John’s wort
  • Agewgna: Awidi
  • Amargna: Amija
  • Oromugna: Edera, Garamba, Hendi, Ule foni, Muka foni, Gorgora


A tall shrub of open forest, forest margins and montane woodland and grassland often with Erica arborea and/or Hagenia abyssinica in Moist and Wet Dega and Wurch agroclimatic zones in almost all regions, 2200–3700 m.


Firewood, timber (local construction), medicine (powdered dry leaves and stems, oily extracts), bee forage, soil conservation.


A shrub or tree which can reach 10 m, usually smaller.

  • BARK: Red-brown and scaly. Young stems are 4-angled.
  • LEAVES: Small and narrow to 4 cm long, in opposite pairs crowded along stems, green or bluegreen, the tip pointed and base clasping the stem, the leaf edges sometimes rolled under (“revolutum”).
  • FLOWERS: Single at stem tips, bright yellow to 5 cm across, 5 petals to 3 cm long around a central mass of stamens, sepals edged with black dots.
  • FRUIT: A ellipsoid, five-part capsule, 11 – 15 mm long, red-brown, 1 cm across, 5 parts containing tiny seeds.


Root suckers, cuttings. Hypericums are readily propagated from seed, cuttings, rooted runners for species which provide them, and, in vigorous and quickly spreading kinds by simple division.


  • Treatment: Often natural, not cultivated.


Used in gardens elsewhere. The English name, curry bush, comes from its distinctive smell.