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Balanites maughamii, Torchwood, Menduro

Balanites maughamii

Torchwood, Menduro
Family: Zygophyllaceae
Origin: South Africa
Big tree > 20 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunModerate waterEthnomedical plant.
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The Balanites tree is used locally for many products: the wood is used for making tools and furniture, the fruit for sweets and alcoholic beverages, and the kernels for cooking oil and medicines. The green fruit yields a powerful poison lethal to some fish, tadpoles and snails when placed in the water. The poison may occur in the in the kernel and pulp. It is harmless to people.

Balanites maughamii, Torchwood, Menduro

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