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Balanites (Sturtevant, 1919)

Sturtevant, Notes on edible plants, 1919
Balanites (Sturtevant, 1919)

Balanites aegyptica Delile.

Simarubaceae. ZACHUN-OIL TREE.

Northern Africa, Arabia and Palestine. A shrubby, thorny bush of the southern border of the Sahara from the Atlantic to Hindustan. It is called in equatorial Africa m'choonchoo; the edible drupe tastes like an intensely bitter date.