Moringa oleifera Lour.

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Moringa oleifera

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chitengo Camp, Gorongosa National Park

Moringa oleifera

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chitengo Camp, Gorongosa National Park

Moringa oleifera

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chitengo Camp, Gorongosa National Park

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Common names: Horse-radish tree (English) Moringo (English)
Status: Introduced
Small tree, cultivated for its edible roots and leaves. Leaves 3-4-pinnate with opposite ovate leaflets. Flowers in terminal branched inflorescences, white, tinged with pink. Pods up to 45 cm long.
Notes: It has been recorded as a rare naturalised escape in the northern Zambezi Valley (Simon 467).
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Worldwide distribution: Native to India.
Zimbabwe distribution: N
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Friday 13 February 2009

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 167. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 238.

Hawthorne, W.D. & Jongkind, C.C.H. (2007). Woody Plants of Western African Forests: A Guide to the Forest Trees, Shrubs and Lianes From Senegal to Ghana Kew Page 331.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 63.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 88.

Other sources of information about Moringa oleifera:

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Flora of Botswana: Moringa oleifera
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Moringa oleifera
Flora of Mozambique: Moringa oleifera
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Moringa oleifera
Flora of Zambia: Moringa oleifera
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Moringa oleifera

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Moringa oleifera
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Moringa oleifera
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Moringa oleifera
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Moringa oleifera
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iNaturalist: Moringa oleifera
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Moringa oleifera
JSTOR Plant Science: Moringa oleifera
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Moringa oleifera
Plants of the World Online: Moringa oleifera
Tropicos: Moringa oleifera
Wikipedia: Moringa oleifera

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Moringa oleifera., retrieved 21 February 2024

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