Canthium cienkowskyi (Schweinf.) Roberty
Fadogia katangensis De Wild.
Fadogia tristis (K.Schum. ex De Wild.) Robyns
Pachystigma cienkowskii (Schweinf.) Burtt Davy
Vangueria tristis K.Schum. ex De Wild.
Fadogia cienkowskii is a perennial plant with stems up to 1 metre long that can become woody, growing out of a woody rootstock[
The fruit is much appreciated by children and people travelling through the bush, who often harvest it from the wild. The plant is sometimes grown as an ornamental[
Tropical Africa - Guinea to Ethiopia and Kenya, south to Angola, Zambia, Malawi and Zimbabwe.
Grassland, including upland grassland, seasonally wet grassland, regularly burnt grassland, wooded grassland with Protea, Combretum or Uapaca and open Brachystegia woodland; also on rocky slopes in bamboo zones, 1,000 - 2,100 metres[
|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Plants can withstand annual bush fires, resprouting from the woody rhizome once the fire is past[
Fruit - raw[
]. The ripe, fleshy fruit has a sweet flavour[
]. The shiny, black, rounded fruit is up to 10mm in diameter, containing 1 - 3 seeds[
The green leaves are used for making tea[
The nectar from the flowers is sweet and often sucked by children[
The roots are used for treating infertility[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe[
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