Fagara senegalensis (DC.) A.Chev.
Fagara xanthoxyloides Lam.
Fagara zanthoxyloides Lam.
Zanthoxylum polygamum Schumach.
Zanthoxylum senegalense DC.
Zanthoxylum zanthoxyloides is a prickly shrub or low-branching shrubby, very prickly tree usually growing up to 12 metres tall, occasionally to 16 metres[
]. The bole is armed with large, woody thorns that fall as the tree grows older[
The tree provides medicines, food flavourings timber and other commodities for the local people. It is sometimes planted[
The bark of the roots and stems is toxic[
West tropical Africa - Senegal to Nigeria.
Savannah, thickets, dry and transitional forests, forest patches on dry ground, secondary dry forests; coastal dunes and thickets; termite mounds; locally abundant in coastal areas[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if seed is required.
The seeds are used as a pepper-like condiment[
The bark is aromatic and sudorific[
The seeds are soaked in water and used in the treatment of rheumatism[
The plant (part not specified) is appetizer and galactagogue[
The seeds are used as beads in necklaces[
Young shoots and twigs are used as chew-sticks to clean the teeth and maintain oral hygiene[
The yellow wood is close-grained and extremely hard. It is durable and termite-proof[
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