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Scientific Name: Grewia occidentalis
Cross berry which is sometimes also called lavender flower in English because of its flowers, is a plant of Southern Africa. This plant can be seen in a variety of habitats ranging from arid karoo, coastal dune bush, evergreen montane forest and wooded grasslands. Besides South Africa. The fruit are eaten by local people, particularly children. In certain areas where the sugar content of the fruits is high, they are collected and dried for later use. The dried fruits are sometimes boiled in milk - a bush milkshake! Beer is also brewed from the ripe fruit in certain areas. Other human uses of this species include using the wood to make bows and spear shafts.