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Useful Tropical Plants

Ekebergia benguelensis

Welw. ex C.DC.

Meliaceae


Closely related to Ekebergia capensis. The differences separating the two species are slight, but most specimens can be assigned to one or other species without difficulty. A few specimens that are atypical for one character have been collected but genuine intermediates have not been detected[
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Flora Zambesiaca
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http://apps.kew.org/efloras/fz/intro.html
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An excellent online flora of plants from the Zambezi River basin. It lists a number of the plant uses as well as the habitats and botanical descriptions of the plants.
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+ Synonyms

Ekebergia arborea Baker f.

Ekebergia discolor O.Hoffm.

Ekebergia fruticosa C.DC.

Ekebergia nana Harms

Ekebergia pumila I.M.Johnst.

Ekebergia sclerophylla Harms

Ekebergia velutina Dunkley

Ekebergia welwitschii Hiern ex C.DC.

Common Name:

Ekebergia benguelensis
Fruiting tree growing in native habitat
Photograph by: Robert v. Blittersdorff; African plants - A Photo Guide
© Robert v. Blittersdorff
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General Information

Ekebergia benguelensis is a semi-evergreen tree; it can grow up to 10 metres tall but is frequently stunted and of irregular growth[
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Title
Flora Zambesiaca
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Website
http://apps.kew.org/efloras/fz/intro.html
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Description
An excellent online flora of plants from the Zambezi River basin. It lists a number of the plant uses as well as the habitats and botanical descriptions of the plants.
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The plant is harvested from the wild for local use, mainly as a medicine but also for its wood and edible fruit.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

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Title
Flora Zambesiaca
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Author
 
Website
http://apps.kew.org/efloras/fz/intro.html
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ISBN
 
Description
An excellent online flora of plants from the Zambezi River basin. It lists a number of the plant uses as well as the habitats and botanical descriptions of the plants.

Range

Tropical Africa - Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Angola, southern DR Congo, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Mozambique.

Habitat

Usually in and at the edge of Brachystegia woodland on infertile soils, but ascending higher than the upper limit of these woodlands on mountains[
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Title
Flora Zambesiaca
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Author
 
Website
http://apps.kew.org/efloras/fz/intro.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent online flora of plants from the Zambezi River basin. It lists a number of the plant uses as well as the habitats and botanical descriptions of the plants.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
Medicinal Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitSemi-deciduous Tree
Height6.00 m
Self-fertileNo
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details


Succeeds in infertile soils in the wild[
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Title
Flora Zambesiaca
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Website
http://apps.kew.org/efloras/fz/intro.html
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Year
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ISBN
 
Description
An excellent online flora of plants from the Zambezi River basin. It lists a number of the plant uses as well as the habitats and botanical descriptions of the plants.
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A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required[
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Title
Flora Zambesiaca
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Author
 
Website
http://apps.kew.org/efloras/fz/intro.html
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Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent online flora of plants from the Zambezi River basin. It lists a number of the plant uses as well as the habitats and botanical descriptions of the plants.
].

Edible Uses

Fruit - raw[
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Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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http://www.prota.org
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Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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Title
Perennial Edible Fruits of the Tropics : an Inventory
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Author
Martin, F. W.; Campbell, C. W.; Rubertbe, R. M.
Publisher
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service
Year
1987
ISBN
 
Description
A booklet giving terse details of almost 300 species of edible fruits, plus regional lists of Botanical and Common names for over 2,500 less well-known edible fruits of the tropics.
]. The fruit is a bright red drupe around 15mm long and 15mm wide[
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Title
Flora Zambesiaca
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Website
http://apps.kew.org/efloras/fz/intro.html
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Year
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ISBN
 
Description
An excellent online flora of plants from the Zambezi River basin. It lists a number of the plant uses as well as the habitats and botanical descriptions of the plants.
].

Medicinal

The roots are used in traditional medicine to treat painful menstruation, abdominal pain, loss of appetite and as an aphrodisiac[
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Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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http://www.prota.org
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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The powdered bark is taken against impotence[
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Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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http://www.prota.org
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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The boiled leaves are applied to the chest to treat pneumonia[
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Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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http://www.prota.org
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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Other Uses

The wood is occasionally used for making items such as implements and bowls[
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Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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Author
 
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http://www.prota.org
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Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
].

Propagation

Seed -
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