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Grewia occidentalis is a perennial shrub that occurs widely in the Transvaal Region of South Africa, one of many plants used to restore previously mined landscape at Richard's Bay Titanium Mine, operated by Richard's Bay Minerals. This adaptable deciduous shrub is hardy and can grow up to 3 m high. The flowers (35 mm wide) are mauve-pink and shaped like stars, flowering during spring and smmer. These flowers are followed by green to dark purple four-lobed berries giving rise to the plant's common name of Crossberry. These berries are often eaten locally with yoghurt or fermented with beer.

Based on a herbarium specimen provided by Kew Gardens supplemented by modern imagery, the illustration was created by Lorraine Hawkins of the NORTH DOWNS BOTANICAL ARTISTS for the PLANTS THAT RESTORE collection housed at Kew Gardens.

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