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Guibourtia coleosperma (Copalwood)

Bastermopanie [Afrikaans]; /gwi [San]

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Rosids > Eurosid I > Fabales > Family: Fabaceae > Subfamily: Caesalpinioideae

Guibourtia coleosperma (Copalwood)
Guibourtia coleosperma (Copalwood)

Guibourtia coleosperma, Bembesi Forest Land, by main road from Hwange to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. [photo Bart Wursten ©, Flora of Zimbabwe]

Guibourtia coleosperma (Copalwood)

Guibourtia coleosperma, Hwange National Park, on loop from Main Camp through Dopi Pan, Zimbabwe. [photo Bart Wursten ©, Flora of Zimbabwe]

Guibourtia coleosperma (Copalwood) Guibourtia coleosperma (Copalwood)

Guibourtia coleosperma, entrance road to Hwange Main Camp, Zimbabwe. [photos Bart Wursten ©, Flora of Zimbabwe]

A tree that occurs in the Kalahari sands of northern Namibia and northern Botswana. Each seed is covered in a bright red aril. The !Khu Bushmen of NE Namibia remove the seed coat and eat the seed raw, roasted or pounded up. The oily aril is also eaten, especially under famine conditions. They use other parts of the plant for medicinal purposes.

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Publications

  • van Wyk, B.-E. & Gericke, N. 2000. People's Plants. A Guide to Useful Plants of Southern Africa. Briza Publications, Pretoria.  

 

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