Maerua crassifolia Forssk. [family CAPPARACEAE]. Herbarium. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (K). Collection. Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa. Resource. Maerua crassifolia Forssk., Fl. Aegypt-Arab. Blatter & Hallb. in J. Ind. Bot. ; Pax & Hoffm., l.c. ; Elffers et al, l.c. 40; Hedge & Lamond. Learn more about the Maerua – with amazing Maerua photos and facts on Arkive.

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In West Merua Maerua crassifolia is usually spared when clearing land, often protected and sometimes even planted. The wood is soft, fibrous, hard, white and is used for carving in Nigeria.

Embed this Arkive thumbnail link “portlet” by copying and pasting the code below. In Niger the strongly-scented leaves have been analysed for nutritional parameters and compared with other wild leafy vegetables. The main use of Maerua crassifolia by the Touareg of the Sahel is as a veterinary drug. It is especially important during the dry season.

Information on Maerua crassifolia is currently being researched and written and will appear here shortly. Rodents of Unusual Size communitycoypudocumentaryecosystemenvironmentfilmmakerfilmmakinginvasiveinvasive speciesrodentsUSAWetlandswildlife Monday 24 September Wildscreen With – Tom Hooker: Maerua crassifolia is palatable to horses but the flowering shoots are not browsed by them Burkill, Wood Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Oxford records two forms with different vernacular names: Plant Resources of Tropical Africa Introduction.


Inflorescence an axillary cluster of 2—4 flowers, occasionally flowers solitary in axils of young shoots.

Maerua crassifolia

Atil Maerua crassifoliaaerial part, dry Atil Maerua crassifoliaaerial part, fresh. Crushed leaves are applied to the body to alleviate fever. The main vegetable species listed in ancient Egyptian texts are the Acacia Nilotica occurs 28 times equally distributed between Upper and Lower EgyptBalanites aegyptiaca 22 timesand the Ziziphus spina Christi 23 times. Grazed foliage was found to be palatable to goats in rainy and dry seasons and it was one of the most selected species in all seasons.

Flowers are white, sweet-scented and without petals. Share this image — Hide sharing options.

crassifola The plant grows commonly in Yemen, where it is called Meru. Leaves alternate on young twigs and clustered on older branchlets, simple and entire; stipules narrowly triangular; petiole up to 3 —7 mm long; blade oblanceolate, obovate or obovate-elliptical, 1—5. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Proto-alkaloids with a pyrrolidine moiety are thought to be responsible for the antiplasmodial activity. Branches are twisted and often densely leaved.

Maerua crassifolia (PROTA) – PlantUse English

Maerua crassifolia has many medicinal and other uses. Nutritional characteristics of forages from Niger. Image credit Link to this image Add to scrapbook How you can use this image.


Derivation of the botanical name: Comparison of the feeding value of local browse species. Foliage from this plant is used as fodder for animals, especially camelsduring the dry season in parts of Africa. Optimal growth conditions are mm annual rainfall Diatta et al.

Shortly petiolate, usually clustered on short spur-branches; alternate or fasciculate; Oblong-ovate, leather-like, glaucous, grey-green, finely pubescent or glabrous. Few pharmacological analyses have been done, however, of the different plant parts, and more research is needed to evaluate its potential as a medicinal plant. Wildscreen With – Tom Hooker: The current state of knowledge. Apart from localized heavy grazing pressure by camels, no threats are identified in tropical Africa.

Flowers bisexual; pedicel 3—10 mm long; sepals 3— 4 —57—9 mm long, obtuse, papery, pubescent; petals absent; stamens 23—45, filaments 1—2 cm long, white; ovary on a gynophore up to 2 cm long, cylindrical, 1-celled.

Maerua crassifolia Forssk.

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