Diospyros mespiliformis

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Diospyros mespiliformis
Hochst. ex A.DC.

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Order Ericales
Family Ebenaceae
Genus Diospyros

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Origin : tropical Africa (except humid areas),
Yemen

wild and cultivated

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Description

Popular names

  • English:
    • African ebony, wild African ebony, West African ebony, swamp ebony, Transvaal ebony, ebony diospyros, monkey guava, jackal berry (PROTA)
    • jackal berry tree (Lost crops of Africa)
  • French: ébène d’Afrique, ebène de Mozambique, khaki de brousse (PROTA)
  • Portuguese: ébano africano (PROTA)
  • Swahili: mgiriti, mjoho, mgombe, msindi, mpweke, mkadi (PROTA)

Classification

Diospyros mespiliformis Hochst. ex A.DC. (1844)

Cultivars

History

Uses

  • wood: ebony. "The heartwood is pinkish grey to pinkish brown, darkening to dark brown upon exposure." (PROTA)
  • fruit edible
  • seeds edible
  • leaves: vegetable, fodder
  • tree: ornamental, windbreak
  • medicinals: root, bark, leaves, fruit
  • twig: toothbrush

References

  • National Research Council & National Academy of Sciences, 2008. Lost Crops of Africa: Fruits. National Academies Press. 380 p.

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