African Plant Database

Blighia K. D. Koenig
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Tree, evergreen 6-25 m; crown round, heavy, or umbrella-shaped; bole long, fluted at base, or often short and crooked, 0,5-1,2 m Ø , 2,5 m in girth; bark smooth, grey; young branchlets yellow-tomentose, striate, glabrescent and whitish.
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Ecology : Moist or drier forest areas and forest outliers and patches in savanna regions; dry places in forest areas; forest regrowth; gallery forest; low alt.
  Leaves resembling those of B. welwitschii of evergreen forests, but leaflet apex rounded or bluntly acute.
  Often planted as an ornamental or a shade tree. Introduced in E. Africa, India, tropical America, West Indies.Fruits (aril) poisonous when unripe (green) or overripe and decaying. The raphe of the seed is the dangerous part. Used as a fish poison.
  São Tomé, Principe.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • LEBRUN, J. P. & A. L. STORK (1992). Enumération des plantes à fleurs d’Afrique tropicale. Chrysobalanaceae à Apiaceae. Énum. Pl. Fleurs Afr. Trop. 2: 217
  • Trop. Afr. Flow. Plants (Ecol. Distr.) 6: 106 (2011).
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Record n°188697 modified 2008-12-27
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