This week you have the opportunity to get to know this tree, the False-Marula, which could be super useful in numerous situations
Common name: False-Marula
Scientific name: Lannea schweinfurthii var. Stuhlmannii (named after Dr. Georg August Schweinfurth, a German botanical collector and taxonomist)
Size: Generally 3-8 high (max. recorded 15m)
Erect, deciduous tree, slightly aromatic. Bark grey to light brown, showing an orange color under the bark. Leaves are compound, petiole long and slender. Flowers are small, cream-coloured to yellow, sweetly scented. The fruit is an elongated-ovoid fleshy berry, about 12 mm long: reddish to brown-black when ripe.
Found mainly on floodplains, in mixed woodland.
Eastern Africa: Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Botswana, Zimbabwe to South Africa.
Sexes separated, on different trees. Flowers can be found from October to December, but mainly in November. The fruit only appears once per year, in February, possibly because they are sought after and rapidly eaten by birds and other animals.
The tree supplies a number of commodities that are used by the local population including an edible fruit, a dye, fiber, useful timber and a number of medical applications.
The fruit has a sweet flavor, they are normally eaten as a snack and thirst quencher. The bark is normally used to make tea that is used as a blood tonic for treating anemia. A decoction of the bark is also used for treating diarrhea, stomach-ache and headache.