Bosqueia angolensis Ficalho
Bosqueia calcicola Leandri
Bosqueia carvalhoana Engl.
Bosqueia cerasiflora Volkens ex Engl.
Bosqueia danguyana Leandri
Bosqueia manongarivensis Leandri
Bosqueia occidentalis Leandri
Bosqueia orientalis Leandri
Bosqueia phoberos Baill.
Bosqueia welwitschii Engl.
Trilepisium madagascariense is an evergreen tree with drooping branches and a small, rounded crown[
]. It usually grows 20 - 30 metres tall[
]. The straight, cylindrical, clean bole can be 50 - 100cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of latex and timber.
Tropical Africa - Guinea to Ethiopia, south to Angola, Mozambique and Madagascar.
Riverine, groundwater, lowland and submontane forests[
]. Rainforest and other wetter evergreen forests, riverine and forest on land with a high water-table, at elevations up to 1,800 metres[
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Fruit - raw[
]. The sweetly-flavoured, fleshy, fully ripe fruits are eaten as a snack, especially by children[
]. The oval, purple-black fruit is about 2cm long, containing a single seed in a hard shell[
Roots are pounded, soaked in cold water and the infusion mixed with porridge made out of finger millet flour. The porridge is drunk as a remedy for impotence[
A latex is obtained from the bark[
]. It turns orange to blood-red upon exposure to air[
]. Used to waterproof bags, it is also sometimes used to adulterate rubber[
The milky sap is the source of a red dye[
The wood is strong and heavy. It is used for building poles, tool handles, spoons, bedsteads, bows, gunstocks and carvings[
The wood is used for fuel[
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