Manilkara sulcata is an evergreen shrub or small, much-branched tree usually growing from 3 - 6 metres tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild as a local source of food, medicines and wood.
Tropical east Africa - Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania.
Lowland dry evergreen forest, coastal forests and bushland, Brachystegia woodland, mainly on sandy soils in coastal areas, at elevations from sea level to 1,000 metres[
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Fruit - raw[
]. The sweet pulp is eaten as a snack, whilst the seeds are discarded[
]. The long, oval, pale green-yellow fruit is up to 13mm long, containing a single seed[
The roots are used as a treatment for snakebite[
The leaves are crushed and rubbed on the skin to treat rashes in children[
The wood is very hard and heavy[
]. It is used for building poles, tool handles, domestic utensils and animal traps[
The tree is used for fuel and making charcoal[
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