Vangueria katangensis K.Schum.
Fadogia elskensii is a perennial plant with several, unbranched stems 25 - 90cm long growing from a woody rootstock. The stems are more or less woody[
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild as a local source of food and medicines[
East tropical Africa - eastern DR Congo, Burundi, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique.
In woodland with Brachystegia, Isoberlinia, Uapaca, Protea, grassland including grasslands subject to seasonal burning, at elevations from 1,000 - 1,800 metres[
Plants can withstand annual bush fires, resprouting from the woody rhizome once the fire is past[
Fruit - raw[
]. A sweet flavour[
].Ripe fruit have a sweet flavour[
]. The rounded, shiny, black fruit is about 10mm in diameter, containing up to 5 rough seeds[
The nectar from the flower is sweet and sucked by children[
The roots are boiled with porridge and the whole is taken to treat infertility in women[
Stem base cuttings[
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