Vangueria longicalyx Robyns
Vangueria apiculata is a deciduous shrub or small tree, often with multiple-stems, growing 1.8 - 12 metres tall[
The tree provides a fruit that is quite popular within its native range. It is commonly harvested from the wild, whilst the tree is often protected in the wild and sometimes also cultivated in gardens[
]. The tree is also used locally as a source of medicines and wood.
East tropical Africa - Sudan, Ethiopia, Rwanda, eastern DR Congo, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Riverine forest, groundwater forest and dry montane forest[
]. Riverine thicket and evergreen forest, and in mixed woodland, sometimes in rocky places, exposed hillsides and termite mounds at elevations from 960 - 2050 metres[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Semi-cultivated, Wild
]. A sweet flavour, they are eaten as a snack[
]. The green/brown, subglobose fruit is 17 - 22mm long and 14 - 22mm wide[
The leaves are used to cure stomach-ache[
The roots are boiled and the decoction is used three times a day to rid the body of intestinal worms[
The tree is important in agroforestry[
]. (No more information is given[
The wood is hard, tough and heavy. It is used for poles, pegs and tool handles[
The wood is used for fuel and to make charcoal[
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