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Useful Tropical Plants

Ehretia alba

Retief & A.E.van Wyk

Boraginaceae


This species was not differentiated from Ehretia rigida (Thunb.) Druce, until 2001[
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Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
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+ Synonyms

Common Name:

Ehretia alba

General Information

Ehretia alba is a semideciduous much-branched shrub growing up to 4 metres tall.
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use of its edible fruit.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Southern Africa - Namibia, Botswana, S. Africa.

Habitat

Scrubland.

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
HabitSemi-deciduous Shrub
Height3.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

Fruit - raw[
775
Title
Gemsbok Bean and Kalahari Truffle
Publication
 
Author
Leffers A.
Publisher
Gamsberg MacMillan; Namibia.
Year
2003
ISBN
99916-0-491-X
Description
Details of the traditional uses of over 200 species of plants in northeastern Namibia. Written for the non-expert, there is usually at least one photograph with each plant entry.
]. Adults tend to find them rather tasteless, though children often like them[
775
Title
Gemsbok Bean and Kalahari Truffle
Publication
 
Author
Leffers A.
Publisher
Gamsberg MacMillan; Namibia.
Year
2003
ISBN
99916-0-491-X
Description
Details of the traditional uses of over 200 species of plants in northeastern Namibia. Written for the non-expert, there is usually at least one photograph with each plant entry.
]. The red, almost globose, fleshy fruit is about 4 - 6mm in diameter.

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -

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