Venana madagascariensis Lam.
Brexia madagascariensis is a much-branched, dense evergreen shrub or small tree, usually growing 2 - 3 metres tall, but exceptionally to 10 metres[
The edible fruit is sometimes gathered from the wild for local use.
East tropical Africa - Tanzania, Mozambique, northern S. Africa, Madagascar.
Coastal evergreen bushland on coral or coarse, rocky ground, edges of saline water, swamp forest, mangrove swamp, on eroded ridges near the sea, at elevations from sea level to 100 metres[
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The fruit can float in sea water for many months and the numerous dark seeds within remain viable[
Fruit - raw[
]. The pulp of the fully ripe fruit is eaten[
]. The fruit is a woody, rather fibrous tapering cylinder about 4 - 10cm long, with 5 definite ridges, said to become soft, pulpy and edible with age[
The roots are boiled and the liquid drunk to treat stomach-ache and yaws[
The wood is used for poles, yokes, spoons and tool handles[
The wood is used for fuel and to make charcoal[
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