The name of this species is often spelt with an 's' rather than a 'z', as Inhambanella henriquesii. However, we are following the treatment given in IPNI and the Kew 'World Checklist of Selected Plant Families'[
Inhambanella henriquesii (Engl. & Warb.) Dubard
Lecomtedoxa henriquezii (Engl. & Warb.) A.Meeuse
Mimusops henriquezii Engl. & Warb.
Inhambanella henriquezii is an evergreen tree, usually growing 12 - 15 metres tall, but exceptional specimens can reach up to 40 metres. The bole often has small buttresses, whilst all parts of the plant contain a milky latex[
]. The young leaves have a brilliant coppery-red colour[
The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild as a local source of food, medicines and timber.
East tropical Africa - Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, S. Africa.
Lowland rainforest and forest on land with high ground water, or rather dry evergreen forest at elevations from sea level to 300 metres[
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Fruit - raw[
]. A soft, sweet-tasting, milky flesh, they are much liked by children[
]. The fruit is a round red berry 2 - 3cm in diameter[
The bark is soaked in cold water and the infusion is used to treat stomach aches[
All parts of the plant contain a milky white latex[
]. No uses are recorded for it[
The white wood is used for timber, tool handles and domestic utensils[
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