Calesiam tomentosum Engl.
Commiphora taborensis Engl.
Lannea tomentosa (Engl.) Engl.
Odina humilis Oliv.
Odina tomentosa Engl.
Lannea humilis is a deciduous shrub growing up to 3 metres tall, occasionally becoming a tree with a flat or spreading crown; that can grow up to 5 metres[
]. The plant has a thick bole[
]. It sometimes forms thickets[
The plant is gathered from the wild as a local source of food, medicines, fibre and wood. It is sometimes grown as a living fence[
Tropical Africa - drier areas from Senegal to Ethiopia, south through east Africa to Zambia and Zimbabwe.
]. Woodlands of several types and in swamps[
]. Deciduous woodland; wooded grassland; often at edges of seasonally flooded valleys and other local water catchments; at elevations from 700 - 1,700 metres[
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Found in the wild in heavy, compact and hard sandy soils[
A fire-resistant plant[
Plants can be coppiced, especially when young[
Roots - raw, or cooked like a potato[
Fruit - raw[
]. A sweet flavour, they are eaten in moderate quantities as a snack[
]. The fruit is a flat and oblong drupe about 1cm long covered with dense grey furry hairs[
]. Many fruits are carried together on short spikes[
The roots are powdered, mixed with warm water and taken to treat nausea, cough and generalized body pains[
]. With milk added, it is used as a general tonic in weakness[
Branches root easily, and the tree responds well to trimming, so it is used as a live fence[
A fibre obtained from the bark is used for rope-making[
The bark-slash exudes a colourless sticky liquid [
]. No uses are recorded[
The wood is said to be good for carpentry[
Cuttings root easily, even when large branches are used.
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