Vitex flavescens Rolfe
Vitex goetzei GÃ¼rke
Vitex mechowii GÃ¼rke
Vitex mufutu De Wild.
Vitex mombassae is a stiffly-branched, deciduous shrub or small tree usually growing up to 8 metres tall with exceptional specimens up to 17 metres[
The fruits are a very popular local food, being picked from the wild for personal use and also for selling in local markets[
]. Although not usually cultivated, the plant is often protected on farms when land is cleared[
Tropical Africa - Burundi, DR Congo, Kenya, Tanzania, Angola, Namibia, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Botswana.
Deciduous woodland and thickets on Kalahari Sand and on escarpments and rocky outcrops, and in wooded grasslands; at elevations from 300 - 1,800 metres[
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|Cultivation Status||Semi-cultivated, Wild
Prefers a sandy soil with a high groundwater[
The fruits are borne in profusion[
Fruit - raw or cooked[
]. The juicy fruit has a sharp, persistent taste and an unpleasant smell, but is much eaten, especially by herdsmen and children[
]. They can be boiled up into a sweet, black syrup[
]. The dark brown to purplish-black globose fruit about 4cm x 3cm[
]. The fruit is rich in vitamin C[
The wood ash is soaked in water and filtered. The resulting liquid is used to tenderize vegetables during cooking[
The roots are boiled and the decoction used as a remedy for diabetes, infertility, and as an antiemetic[
The wood is used for poles, troughs, grain mortars, pestles, spoons and tool handles[
The wood is used for fuel[
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