African Plant Database

Thaumatococcus daniellii (Benn.) Benth.
Information on the genus : Thaumatococcus
Basionym : Phrynium daniellii Benn.
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Thaumatococcus daniellii (Benn.) Benth. var. daniellii
 Phrynium daniellii Benn. (1855)
 Monostiche daniellii (Benn.) Horan.
 Donax daniellii (Benn.) Roberty
Taxon infra-specific
Thaumatococcus daniellii (Benn.) Benth. var. daniellii
Thaumatococcus daniellii var. puberulifolius Dhetchuvi & Diafouka
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Erect herb 2-3 m tall; rhizome slender, single or forked, a single leaf arising from each node; forming extensive dense colonies; leaf petiole 2-3 m long
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Ecology : In shade in secondary forests and scrub on sandy soils; road sides; waste places; overstorey in cocoa or cola nut, or other perennial plantation crops; forest pioneer; primary forest; ? swampy localities; 200-1200 m alt
  Comprises 2 vars.
  The fruits has a soft jelly-like aril around the seeds, very sweet (“nature’s sweetest substance”), used as food additive (traded).
  Bioko/Fernando Poo; São Tomé, Príncipe. Not in Senegal, Uganda (old records doubtful). Introduced in Sierra Leone. Seems also introduced in SE Asia.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Cat. Pl. Vasc. Burkina Faso:63 (2012)
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Record n°177691 modified 2012-07-31
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