Chlanis tettensis Klotzsch
Xylotheca tettensis (Klotzsch) Gilg
Seed capsule opening to show the seeds
Photograph by: Ton Rulkens
Xylotheca tettensis is a deciduous shrub or tree growing from 1 - 5 metres tall[
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of wood. It is sometimes grown as an ornamental[
East tropical Africa - Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique.
Lowland woodland, bushland, secondary bushland, at elevations from sea level to 600 metres[
|Other Uses Rating||
|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Fruit - raw[
]. The pulp of ripe fruits has a sweet flavour[
]. The black, oval-rounded capsule is 3 - 4cm in diameter. It splits into eight longitudinal segments to form a star shape that reveals the yellow-brown seeds embedded in a thin, golden-scarlet pulp[
The roots are chewed or boiled and the decoction is used as an aphrodisiac. When chewed, the juice is swallowed and the rest is discarded[
The wood is used for fuel[
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