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Useful Tropical Plants

Salacia pyriformis

(Sabine) Steud.

Celastraceae

+ Synonyms

Calypso pyriformis (Sabine) G.Don

Garcinia wentzeliana Engl.

Salacia bequaerti De Wild.

Salacia elongata Hook.f.

Salacia pengheensis De Wild.

Tonsella pyriformis Sabine

Common Name:

Salacia pyriformis
Flowering branch
Photograph by: Ehoarn Bidault
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General Information

Salacia pyriformis is a shrub producing stems from 4 - 12 metres tall. The stems are sometimes more or less erect, but at other times the plant adopts a more climbing habit, growing into the surrounding vegetation for support. The main stem is around 7cm in diameter[
328
Title
African Flowering Plants Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.ville-ge.ch/musinfo/bd/cjb/africa/recherche.php
Publisher
Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques.
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Contains information on over 150,000 plant names (including synonyms) giving a description and habitat, plus a distribution map.
].
The edible fruit is harvested from the wild for local use.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

515
Title
Flora of Tropical Africa Vol 1 - 8
Publication
 
Author
Var
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
L.Reeve & Co.; Ashford, Kent.
Year
1868 - 1917
ISBN
 
Description
Very little information on habitat, range and uses, but gives good descriptions of the plants. It can be downloaded from the internet.
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736
Title
Flora of West Tropical Africa
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://plants.jstor.org/search?st=2025
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An online flora, not yet complet (2012). Very comprehensive as regards to species covered, but the information on each species is often rather terse.

Range

Tropical Africa - Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Cote D'Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon, Central African Republic, DR Congo, Tanzania.

Habitat

Evergreen forest and forest margins; riparian and flooded forests; secondary forests; thickets on road-sides, sometimes frequent; forest with Triplochiton scleroxylon; from near sea-level to 1,300 metres[
328
Title
African Flowering Plants Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.ville-ge.ch/musinfo/bd/cjb/africa/recherche.php
Publisher
Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques.
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Contains information on over 150,000 plant names (including synonyms) giving a description and habitat, plus a distribution map.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *  *
HabitClimber
Height8.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

Fruit - raw[
2
Title
Sturtevant's Edible Plants of the World.
Publication
 
Author
Hedrick. U. P.
Publisher
Dover Publications
Year
1972
ISBN
0-486-20459-6
Description
Lots of entries, quite a lot of information in most entries and references.
]. A rich, sweet flavour[
2
Title
Sturtevant's Edible Plants of the World.
Publication
 
Author
Hedrick. U. P.
Publisher
Dover Publications
Year
1972
ISBN
0-486-20459-6
Description
Lots of entries, quite a lot of information in most entries and references.
]. The orange fruit is more or less round, smooth but with ridges, around 25 - 50mm in diameter[
328
Title
African Flowering Plants Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.ville-ge.ch/musinfo/bd/cjb/africa/recherche.php
Publisher
Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques.
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Contains information on over 150,000 plant names (including synonyms) giving a description and habitat, plus a distribution map.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -

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