Canthium lanciflorum Hiern
Canthium platyphyllum Hiern
Plectronia lanciflora (Hiern) Eyles
Plectronia platyphylla (Hiern) K.Schum.
Vangueria lateritia Dinter
Vangueriopsis lancifolia Greenway
Vangueriopsis lanciflora is a deciduous shrub or much branched small tree usually growing from 1.5 - 6 metres tall with occasional specimens to 13 metres[
The fruit is valued as a food in its native area and trees are harvested from the wild for local use. Trees are also often retained in old cultivations and fields for their edible fruit[
]. The tree merits domestication as a fruit crop[
Southern Africa - Angola to Tanzania, south to S. Africa.
Common at medium to higher altitudes, in deciduous woodlands and open grassland with scattered trees, often on Kalahari Sand, sometimes on rocky ground at elevations of 900 - 1,740 metres[
|Cultivation Status||Semi-cultivated, Wild
Fruit - raw[
]. They are sweetest when somewhat overripe, so they are often left in the sun for a few days before eating them[
]. The light brown fruit is considered one of the best wild fruits in its native range[
]. The fruit is about the size of a peach[
]. The yellow-brown, globose fruit is up to 30mm in diameter[
The wood is used to make spoons[
The wood is used for fuel[
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