African Plant Database

Zanthoxylum zanthoxyloides (Lam.) Zepern. & Timler
Information on the genus : Zanthoxylum
Basionym : Fagara zanthoxyloides Lam.
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Fagara zanthoxyloides Lam.
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Fagara senegalensis (DC.) A. Chev.
=Zanthoxylum senegalense DC. (1824)
=Fagara xanthoxyloides Lam.
=Zanthoxylum polygamum Schumach.
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Shrub or low-branching shrubby, very prickly tree to c. 12(-16) m tall; trunk grey, with large woody thorns falling later, bark finely fissured longitudinally; thorns present on older branches, branchlets, the latter glabrous; leaves glabrous[…]
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Ecology : Savanna, thickets, dry and transitional forests, forest patches on dry ground, secondary dry forests; coastal dunes and thickets; termite mounds (Burkina Faso); locally abundant in coastal areas.
  Sometimes planted. Bark of roots and stems toxic. Seeds used for necklaces, also used as pepper. Young shoots and twigs used as chew-sticks.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Cat. Pl. Vasc. Burkina Faso:338 (2012)

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Énum. Pl. Fleurs Afr. Trop. 2: 202 (1992).
  • Checklist Flow. Pl. Sub-Saharan Africa : 605 (2006).
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