Myrianthus mildbraedii Peter
Fruiting tree in native habitat
Photograph by: Scamperdale
Myrianthus holstii is a shrub or tree with large branches growing from 1 - 20 metres tall. It has a short bole, often with stilt roots up to 60cm high[
The plant is harvested from the wild as a local source of food and wood.
East tropical Africa - eastern DR Congo, Uganda, Kenya, Burundi, Rwanda, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe.
Rainforest, montane forests, sometimes at edges or in regrowth and along rivers, at elevations from 900 - 2,100 metres[
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The plant can be coppiced and also produces root suckers[
A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required[
Fruit - raw[
]. The acid pulp is eaten as a snack[
]. The round, yellow fruit is about 4cm in diameter, it is made up of a number of conical, pointed, hard sections and looks somewhat like a small pineapple[
The while wood is soft[
]. It is used to make cups[
The wood is used for fuel and to make torches[
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