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Useful Tropical Plants

Synsepalum cerasiferum

(Welw.) T.D.Penn.

Sapotaceae

+ Synonyms

Afrosersalisia cerasifera (Welw.) Aubrév.

Afrosersalisia chevalieri (Engl.) Aubrév.

Afrosersalisia disaco (Hiern) Aubrév.

Afrosersalisia usambarensis (Engl.) Aubrév.

Amorphospermum cerasiferum (Welw.) Baehni

Bakeriella cerasifera (Welw.) Dubard

Bakeriella disaco (Hiern) Dubard

Bakerisideroxylon djalonense A.Chev.

Chrysophyllum cerasiferum (Welw.) Hiern

Chrysophyllum disaco Hiern

Gymnoluma usambarensis (Engl.) Baehni

Pouteria cerasifera (Welw.) A.Meeuse

Pouteria chevalieri (Engl.) Baehni

Pouteria disaco (Hiern) A.Meeuse

Rogeonella chevalieri (Engl.) Chesnais ex A.Chev.

Sapota cerasifera Welw.

Sersalisia cerasifera (Welw.) Engl.

Sersalisia chevalieri Engl.

Sersalisia disaco (Hiern) Engl.

Sersalisia djalonensis Aubrév. & Pellegr.

Sersalisia edulis S.Moore

Sersalisia ledermannii Engl. & K.Krause

Sersalisia usambarensis Engl.

Common Name:

Synsepalum cerasiferum
Fruiting branch
Photograph by: Peter B. Phillipson
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General Information

Synsepalum cerasiferum is an evergreen tree with a spreading crown; it can grow from 7 - 40 metres tall. The straight bole is fluted and buttressed, it is often unbranched for a considerable distance[
308
Title
Flora Zambesiaca
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://apps.kew.org/efloras/fz/intro.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent online flora of plants from the Zambezi River basin. It lists a number of the plant uses as well as the habitats and botanical descriptions of the plants.
,
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 tree is harvested from the wild as a local source of food, medicines and wood.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

308
Title
Flora Zambesiaca
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://apps.kew.org/efloras/fz/intro.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent online flora of plants from the Zambezi River basin. It lists a number of the plant uses as well as the habitats and botanical descriptions of the plants.
,
610
Title
Flora of Tropical East Africa
Publication
 
Author
Beentje H.J.
Website
http://plants.jstor.org/search?st=396814
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
2002
ISBN
 
Description
Available on-line, a modern flora of East Africa.

Range

Tropical Africa - scattered from Sierra Leone to Sudan, Uganda and Kenya, south to Angola, Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique.

Habitat

Riverine forest, lowland mixed woodland and evergreen forest[
308
Title
Flora Zambesiaca
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://apps.kew.org/efloras/fz/intro.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent online flora of plants from the Zambezi River basin. It lists a number of the plant uses as well as the habitats and botanical descriptions of the plants.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
Medicinal Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height20.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

Fruit - raw[
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 pulp is soft and milky, with a tart refreshing flavour[
610
Title
Flora of Tropical East Africa
Publication
 
Author
Beentje H.J.
Website
http://plants.jstor.org/search?st=396814
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
2002
ISBN
 
Description
Available on-line, a modern flora of East Africa.
]. The fruit is a red, ovoid to subglobose berry up to 25mm long and 20mm wide[
308
Title
Flora Zambesiaca
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://apps.kew.org/efloras/fz/intro.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent online flora of plants from the Zambezi River basin. It lists a number of the plant uses as well as the habitats and botanical descriptions of the plants.
].

Medicinal

A latex obtained from the plant is used to treat wounds[
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.
].

Other Uses

The wood is very hard. It is used to make domestic utensils[
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 wood is used for fuel and to make charcoal[
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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