Paivaeusa dactylophylla Welw. ex Oliv.
Oldfieldia dactylophylla is a semi-deciduous tree growing up to 15 metres tall. It has a short bole up to 25cm in diameter, that is usually swollen at the base, and spreading branches that give it a flattish or rounded open crown[
]. The plant exudes a milky latex[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of wood.
Tropical Africa - DR Congo, Tanzania, Angola, Zambia, Malawi.
Deciduous plateau woodland, often on sandy soils, usually as a subcanopy tree or shrub in Brachystegia and mixed deciduous woodlands, and woodland on Kalahari Sand, also on rocky hills and dambo margins at elevations from 1035 - 1830 metres[
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A plant of the drier tropics, where it is found at elevations from 1,000 - 1,800 metres. In Tanzania it is found in areas where the mean annual rainfall is in the range 700 - 1,000mm[
In the wild it grows on various soil types including sandy loams, sandy clay loams and red clay loams[
Fruit - raw[
]. The pulp has a sweetish flavour that is liked by children and travellers[
]. The seed is rejected[
]. The round, dull yellow-green, softly hairy fruit is about 2cm in diameter[
A decoction from the roots is used as a treatment of VD and hernia. It is also used as an aphrodisiac. The roots are washed, boiled, and the liquid is given to the patient three times a day[
The dull brown wood is used for making spoons[
The wood is used for fuel[
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