Rhamnus prinoides, the shiny-leaf, has edible fruit, much sought after by fruit eating bird species. Its distribution area is large, ranging across the southern and eastern parts of South Africa, as well as in the north-eastern provinces.
Diverse uses in traditional medicine have been recorded for the leaves and roots. Some magical properties relating to beliefs about lightning, house protection and hunting also used to prevail in rural communities. Planting of this species in gardens and parks is growing (Coates Palgrave, 2002).