This name is not universally accepted. We have followed the treatment in African Plant Database[
] and others, but some botanists are rejecting the Genus name Elaeodendron and are merging it with Cassine[
]. In that case, this species will be Cassine orientalis (Jacq.) Kuntze[
Cassine orientalis (Jacq.) Kuntze
Elaeodendron indicum Gaertn.
Rubentia olivina J.F.Gmel.
Elaeodendron orientale is an evergreen shrub or a tree with a more or less rounded crown; it can grow up to 15 metres tall[
]. The straight bole can be up to 50cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a tea, edible fruit, medicine and source of wood. It is sometimes grown as an ornamental in gardens[
Africa - Madagascar, Réunion.
A canopy tree in forests[
]. Often found at high elevations, even up to the limit of tree growth[
|Other Uses Rating||
|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
The leaves are used to make a tea[
Fruit - raw[
]. The fruit is an oval drupe around 18 - 20mm long and 10 - 14mm wide[
The plant (part not specified) is used in the treatment of chest diseases[
The red wood is hard, firm, splitting fairly easily, durable and elastic. It is used for carpentry[
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