A recently (2005) proposed name change. We have followed the treatment in Kew's 'World Checklist of Selected Plant Families', but Some other treatments, including the African Plants Database[
], still treat the plant as Tapiphyllum burnettii (treated here as a synonym)[
Tapiphyllum burnettii Tennant
Vangueria burnettii is a slender-branched shrub or small tree growing from 1.5 - 5 metres tall[
]. The plant sometimes adopts a more scrambling habit[
A popular wild food, the fruits are commonly eaten locally. The plant is sometimes grown as an ornamental[
Tropical east Africa - Tanzania, Zambia.
Ravines, streams and rocky places in thickets and woodlands, at elevations from 1,200 - 1,500 metres in Tanzania[
]. Dry, rocky streambeds at elevations around 150 metres in Zambia[
|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Fruits - raw[
]. The fleshy fruits taste like chocolate and are much liked by children and herdsmen[
]. The orange-yellow, rounded, fleshy fruit is 1 - 3cm in diameter, containing 2 - 5 red-brown seeds[
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