Tree growing in native habitat
Photograph by: JMK
Lannea discolor is a deciduous shrub or tree with a rounded crown; it can grow from 75cm to 15 metres tall[
]. The upright bole can be 10 - 30cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and source of wood. A popular fruit, it is commonly harvested from the wild[
]. The plant is also sometimes grown as a hedge.
Africa - southern DR Congo, Zambia, Malawi, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland, S. Africa.
Open grassland, bush and woodland, at elevations from 305 - 1,480 metres[
]. In open woodlands of several types, especially on rocky slopes, or on sandy soil[
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Fruit - raw. The fruit is eaten after peeling off the skin[
]. A pleasant, grape-like flavour[
]. The reddish to purple fruit is the size of a pea, containing a solitary seed[
]. The fruit is up to 15mm long[
The wood is useful for poles, it will sprout again if cut at the proper time and can then be used as a living hedge[
The wood can be used for poles[
Cuttings root easily, even large branches[
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