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Useful Tropical Plants

Moringa hildebrandtii

Engl.

Moringaceae

+ Synonyms

Common Name:

Moringa hildebrandtii
Cultivated tree at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Miami, FL, USA.
Photograph by: scott.zona
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Moringa hildebrandtii Moringa hildebrandtii Moringa hildebrandtii

General Information

Moringa hildebrandtii is a deciduous tree growing 15 - 25 metres tall. The tree has a bloated water-storing trunk that can be 100cm in diameter[
385
Title
Bihrmann's Caudiciforms
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.bihrmann.com/caudiciforms/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An internet site giving information on caudiciform plants (plants with swollen stem bases such as the Baobab tree, cycads and many succulents). Excellent photos, usually of cultivated plants in pots.
,
455
Title
Flore de Madagascar et des Comores
Publication
 
Author
Humbert H.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
Museum National D'Histoire Naturelle; Paris
Year
1946 - 1984
ISBN
 
Description
Written in French, an excellent flora of the area though it has not been completed. Available for download from the Internet.
,
846
Title
Moringa hildebrandtii (Moringaceae): a tree extinct in the wild but preserved by indigenous horticultural practices
Publication
Adansonia Ser. 3 22 (2) 217 - 221
Author
Olson M.E. & Razafimandimbison S.G.
Publisher
Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle; Paris.
Year
2000
ISBN
 
Description
A very interesting article about the cultivation of Moringa hildebrandtii, giving some information on plant uses.
].
The tree is now extinct in the wild but is commonly planted and survives in large numbers in traditional horticultural practice in Madagascar[
846
Title
Moringa hildebrandtii (Moringaceae): a tree extinct in the wild but preserved by indigenous horticultural practices
Publication
Adansonia Ser. 3 22 (2) 217 - 221
Author
Olson M.E. & Razafimandimbison S.G.
Publisher
Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle; Paris.
Year
2000
ISBN
 
Description
A very interesting article about the cultivation of Moringa hildebrandtii, giving some information on plant uses.
]. It addition to its various uses, the tree is also esteemed as an ornamental because of its stature, large leaves, scented flowers, and fast growth[
846
Title
Moringa hildebrandtii (Moringaceae): a tree extinct in the wild but preserved by indigenous horticultural practices
Publication
Adansonia Ser. 3 22 (2) 217 - 221
Author
Olson M.E. & Razafimandimbison S.G.
Publisher
Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle; Paris.
Year
2000
ISBN
 
Description
A very interesting article about the cultivation of Moringa hildebrandtii, giving some information on plant uses.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

455
Title
Flore de Madagascar et des Comores
Publication
 
Author
Humbert H.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
Museum National D'Histoire Naturelle; Paris
Year
1946 - 1984
ISBN
 
Description
Written in French, an excellent flora of the area though it has not been completed. Available for download from the Internet.

Range

Africa - southwestern Madagascar.

Habitat

Extinct in the wild, but commonly cultivated in Madagascar[
846
Title
Moringa hildebrandtii (Moringaceae): a tree extinct in the wild but preserved by indigenous horticultural practices
Publication
Adansonia Ser. 3 22 (2) 217 - 221
Author
Olson M.E. & Razafimandimbison S.G.
Publisher
Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle; Paris.
Year
2000
ISBN
 
Description
A very interesting article about the cultivation of Moringa hildebrandtii, giving some information on plant uses.
].

Properties

Medicinal Rating *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitDeciduous Tree
Height15.00 m
Growth RateFast
Cultivation StatusCultivated, Ornamental

Cultivation Details

A plant of the dry tropics, often surviving in very arid conditions.
Requires a position in full sun[
385
Title
Bihrmann's Caudiciforms
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.bihrmann.com/caudiciforms/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An internet site giving information on caudiciform plants (plants with swollen stem bases such as the Baobab tree, cycads and many succulents). Excellent photos, usually of cultivated plants in pots.
]. Requires a well-drained soil[
385
Title
Bihrmann's Caudiciforms
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.bihrmann.com/caudiciforms/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An internet site giving information on caudiciform plants (plants with swollen stem bases such as the Baobab tree, cycads and many succulents). Excellent photos, usually of cultivated plants in pots.
]. Established plants are very drought tolerant.

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The pulpy wood is commonly harvested for medicinal use[
846
Title
Moringa hildebrandtii (Moringaceae): a tree extinct in the wild but preserved by indigenous horticultural practices
Publication
Adansonia Ser. 3 22 (2) 217 - 221
Author
Olson M.E. & Razafimandimbison S.G.
Publisher
Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle; Paris.
Year
2000
ISBN
 
Description
A very interesting article about the cultivation of Moringa hildebrandtii, giving some information on plant uses.
].

Agroforestry Uses:

The trees are grown in rows as living fences[
846
Title
Moringa hildebrandtii (Moringaceae): a tree extinct in the wild but preserved by indigenous horticultural practices
Publication
Adansonia Ser. 3 22 (2) 217 - 221
Author
Olson M.E. & Razafimandimbison S.G.
Publisher
Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle; Paris.
Year
2000
ISBN
 
Description
A very interesting article about the cultivation of Moringa hildebrandtii, giving some information on plant uses.
].

Other Uses

The wood is very succulent and therefore not used for construction[
846
Title
Moringa hildebrandtii (Moringaceae): a tree extinct in the wild but preserved by indigenous horticultural practices
Publication
Adansonia Ser. 3 22 (2) 217 - 221
Author
Olson M.E. & Razafimandimbison S.G.
Publisher
Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle; Paris.
Year
2000
ISBN
 
Description
A very interesting article about the cultivation of Moringa hildebrandtii, giving some information on plant uses.
].

Propagation

Seed - sown in a fertile soil in a lightly shaded position in a nursery seedbed. Germination is usually easy and the seedlings straightforward to grow. During the dry season seedlings can be transplanted into the field without irrigation, even into dry places with poor soil[
299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
].
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