Calesiam alatum Engl.
Lannea minimifolia (Chiov.) Cufod.
Odina alata Engl.
Odina minimifolia Chiov.
Lannea alata is a shrub or much-branched tree with drooping branches, growing 1 - 6 metres tall[
]. The stem base and roots are covered with brown thread-like growths resembling cotton wool[
The edible fruit is gathered from the wild for local consumption. This species is said to be a fine fruit tree for dry lands[
East tropical Africa - southern Somalia, Kenya, northern Tanzania.
Dry Acacia, Commiphora bushlands; rocky outcrops and hill slopes; coastal forest edges; at elevations from sea level to 1,200 metres[
]. The plant is locally common and can form pure stands[
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Fruit - raw[
]. The fruit is a reddish, ovate drupe 9 - 14mm long x 8 - 11mm wide[
The stem base and roots are covered with brown thread-like growths resembling cotton wool[
]. This 'wool', stripped out of the root bark, is used for padding and for stuffing mattresses[
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