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Useful Tropical Plants

Vangueria cinerascens

(Welw. ex Hiern) Lantz

Rubiaceae


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 Plant Database[
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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.
], still treat the plant as Tapiphyllum cinerascens (treated here as a synonym)[
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Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].

+ Synonyms

Ancylanthos cinerascens Welw. ex Hiern

Tapiphyllum cinerascens (Welw. ex Hiern) Robyns

Tapiphyllum glomeratum Robyns

Tapiphyllum griseum Robyns

Tapiphyllum inaequale Robyns

Tapiphyllum kaessneri (S.Moore) Robyns

Tapiphyllum laetum Robyns

Tapiphyllum richardsiae Robyns

Tapiphyllum tanganyikense Robyns

Tapiphyllum velutinum laevius (K.Schum.) Robyns

Vangueria kaessneri S.Moore

Vangueria velutina laevior K.Schum.

Common Name:

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General Information

Vangueria cinerascens is an erect shrub or small tree with slender, spreading branches. It grows 1 - 3 metres tall from a woody rootstock that is often quite large[
398
Title
Edible Wild Plants of Tanzania
Publication
 
Author
Ruffo, C.K.: Birnie, A. & Tengnas, B.
Publisher
Regional Land Management Unit; Nairobi.
Year
2002
ISBN
9966-896-60-0
Description
A very well presented, simple guide to growing and utilizing wild food plants in Tanzania, with line drawings of each plant, a description, habitat and range, non-food as well as food uses, plus basic information on growing the plants.
].
The edible fruit is sometimes gathered from the wild for local use.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Tropical Africa - eastern DR Congo, Burundi, Tanzania, Angola, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique.

Habitat

Brachystegia woodland and secondary woodland, at elevations from 1,100 - 1,300 metres[
398
Title
Edible Wild Plants of Tanzania
Publication
 
Author
Ruffo, C.K.: Birnie, A. & Tengnas, B.
Publisher
Regional Land Management Unit; Nairobi.
Year
2002
ISBN
9966-896-60-0
Description
A very well presented, simple guide to growing and utilizing wild food plants in Tanzania, with line drawings of each plant, a description, habitat and range, non-food as well as food uses, plus basic information on growing the plants.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitShrub
Height2.50 m
PollinatorsBees
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

Fruit - raw[398. The fleshy fruit is eaten as a snack, especially by children[
398
Title
Edible Wild Plants of Tanzania
Publication
 
Author
Ruffo, C.K.: Birnie, A. & Tengnas, B.
Publisher
Regional Land Management Unit; Nairobi.
Year
2002
ISBN
9966-896-60-0
Description
A very well presented, simple guide to growing and utilizing wild food plants in Tanzania, with line drawings of each plant, a description, habitat and range, non-food as well as food uses, plus basic information on growing the plants.
]. The rounded, yellow-orange-brown-red fruit is 8 - 9mm across, containing 1 - 5 seeds[
398
Title
Edible Wild Plants of Tanzania
Publication
 
Author
Ruffo, C.K.: Birnie, A. & Tengnas, B.
Publisher
Regional Land Management Unit; Nairobi.
Year
2002
ISBN
9966-896-60-0
Description
A very well presented, simple guide to growing and utilizing wild food plants in Tanzania, with line drawings of each plant, a description, habitat and range, non-food as well as food uses, plus basic information on growing the plants.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The wood is used for fire sticks[
398
Title
Edible Wild Plants of Tanzania
Publication
 
Author
Ruffo, C.K.: Birnie, A. & Tengnas, B.
Publisher
Regional Land Management Unit; Nairobi.
Year
2002
ISBN
9966-896-60-0
Description
A very well presented, simple guide to growing and utilizing wild food plants in Tanzania, with line drawings of each plant, a description, habitat and range, non-food as well as food uses, plus basic information on growing the plants.
].

Propagation

Seed -

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