Berrya africana (Mast.) Kosterm
Berrya sansibarensis (Burret) Kosterm.
Carpodiptera sansibarensis Burret
Carpodiptera africana is a shrub or tree, usually growing from 1 - 13.5 metres tall but sometimes growing up to 20 metres[
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of wood.
East tropical Africa - Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, S. Africa.
Coastal areas, in open wooded grassland; dry forest and forest edges; dense bushland where it is a colonizer; also on coral limestone, in sandy soils and fringing swamp forest; from sea level to 100 metres[
]. To 550 metres, occasionally 900 metres[
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The tree coppices well[
The flowers are usually dioecious. Both male and female forms of the plant need to be grown if seed is required[
Leaves - cooked and used as a vegetable[
]. The tender leaves are collected, cut into pieces, washed and cooked alone or mixed with other vegetables such as peas, coconut milk added and then served with ugali or rice[
]. Used mainly in times of shortage[
An infusion of the roots and stem bark is drunk to treat eye problems and used as a face and eye wash[
A root decoction is taken as an aphrodisiac[
A fibre is obtained from the bark[
The wood bends easily[
]. It is used in construction and for poles, bows, tool handles and spoons[
The wood is used for fuel[
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