The Afrikaans name stamvrug (stem fruit) is soon learnt by those that acquire the taste for these red fruits, popular in their summer season. Rich in vitamin C, the animal, bird and human stamvrug consumers are motivated by other considerations than nutritional details though.
Sangomas and other traditional healers use the fruits and roots of the plant in infusions for treating certain ailments. When roots and bark become medicinally important, risk multiplies for the plant in question. This species is fortunately not considered threatened in its habitat early in the twenty first century.
The ellipsoid, fleshy fruit carries one or two seeds. Remains of the persistent style are seen at the tip of the fruit. The fruits grow on short spur-branches on old wood.
Those that know Englerophytum magalismontanum well as a small, hardy shrub adapted to harsh conditions, e.g. on top of the Magaliesberg for which it is named, marvel at the big tree it sometimes becomes in the kloofs by the popular mountain streams. The species distribution is widespread north of the Vaal River and into tropical Africa (Coates Palgrave, 2002; www.redlist.sanbi.org).