Agialida rotundifolia Tiegh.
Balanites gillettii Cufod.
Balanites orbicularis Sprague
Balanites patriziana Lusina
Balanites is a densely branched, spiny, evergreen shrub or tree growing up to 6 - 8 metres tall, but usually much shorter and of low bushy habit[
A gum resin is harvested from the wild trees, and the wood is used locally.
Northeastern Africa - Kenya, north to Somalia and Eritrea, and into Arabia.
Dry tree savannah or scrub; semi-desert scrub; deciduous bushland; open woodland; often over lava or near rivers; sometimes a dominant species on raised beaches over sandstone at elevations of 50 - 2,000 metres[
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A tree of the drier regions of the tropics.
Thrives in a variety of soils[
The pulp of the fruit is edible and sweet. The ripe reddish brown fruit are either picked from the tree or collected from the ground. They are eaten as a snack, especially by herdsmen[
]. The oval fruit is hairy and up to 2cm long[
The tree is the source of a gum resin called Hanjigoad[
]. The tears are globular pieces from the size of a cherry to a pigeon's egg, dark greenish yellow to deep orange red[
The wood is used for poles, tool handles, spoons, combs and carvings[
The wood is used for fuel and is made into charcoal[
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