The Cape stock-rose or African hemp are some of the common names of Sparrmannia africana (SA Tree List No. 457). The shrub grows in the coastal area of the Eastern Cape, sometimes taller than 6 m. It is usually found on rocky hillsides in the margins of evergreen forests. The hairs on the leaves of the plant may irritate the skin, causing a rash.
The plant is cultivated for its flowers and the ease with which it adapts in the garden. The bark tissue used to be collected for making rope, but not very successfully (Coates Palgrave, 2002; www.shootgardening.co.uk).