Aberia abyssinica (A.Rich.) Clos
Dovyalis engleri Gilg
Flacourtia obtusata Hochst. ex A.Rich.
Hydnocarpus obtusus C.Presl
Roumea abyssinica A.Rich.
Common Name: Abyssinian Gooseberry
Abyssinian gooseberry is a spiny, evergreen shrub or small tree with a rounded crown, that can grow up to 10 metres tall, but is more commonly around 6 metres[
The plant is often harvested from the wild by local people for its edible fruit, it is also sometimes grown as an ornamental[
Eastern Africa - Ethiopia and Somalia, south to Malawi and Mozambique.
Highland forest over 1,800 metres[
]. Rain-forest to riparian forest and scrub; dry evergreen forest; sometimes in open wooded grassland; semi-evergreen or deciduous bushland; rocky limestone slopes; at elevations from 600 - 3,050 metres[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
A plant of the hot, dry, tropics, though it also succeeds in areas of higher rainfall[
Grows best in a fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil[
]. Dislikes calcareous soils[
Plants begin bearing when about 4 - 5 years old from seed[
Dioecious - both male and female plants must be grown if fruit is required. One male is sufficient for about 30 female plants[
Fruit - raw or cooked[
]. The fruit has a thin, tender skin and a juicy melting flesh with an aroma and flavour faintly suggestive of apricots[
]. When fully ripe it makes a very agreeable jelly[
]. The fruit is about 25mm in diameter[
Roots and stems are eaten in a tonic soup[
The leaves are pounded, soaked in water and the liquid taken as a treatment for indigestion[
The roots are used for treating indigestion and VD[
The wood is hard. It is used for tool handles, spoons and bedsteads[
The wood is used for fuel[
Graft or shield-bud desirable varieties on to seedling rootstocks[
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