Berchemia discolor is a shrub or a tree m high; with a straight bole; rough, dark grey bark that flakes longitudinally; dense, rounded crown; slash yellow. Berchemia discolor. Authority, Hemsl. Family, Magnoliopsida:Rosidae: Rhamnales:Rhamnaceae. Synonyms. Common names. Editor. Ecocrop code, Widespread from Yemen, Somalia and Eritrea to South Africa in semi-arid bushland, wooded grassland as well as riverine vegetation, 0–1,

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Interaction effect of B. Developed countries have already promoted their WEPs Gillman, Its stem is pale green, covered with brown lenticels, especially when young. Leave this field blank. Phosphorus content of the digest was determined calorimetrically according to the method described by Nahapetian and Bassir Drivers threatening Berchemia discolor in the study area: The cattail-best of the wild edible plants.

Berchemia discolor

Berchemia discolor is a candidate for dry land agroforestry and agrobiodiversity. Photographic guide to trees of southern Africa. A review of berchemja from South Africa.

Feng Berchemia hypochrysa Berchemia kulingensis. Therefore, promoting sustainable utilization can contribute to food security discopor environmental integrity.

The fruit and seed are edible. Conservation Status Status According to Raimondo et al.

Produces root suckers from injured or exposed roots. In Ethiopia it grows in dry open woodland or along river valleys at lower altitudes in Dry and Moist Kolla agroclimatic zones, commonly in Welo, Shoa, Gamo Gofa, Bale and Harerge, —1, m.

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Berchemia longeracemosa Okuyama Berchemia microphylla Berchemia nana W. The relative abundance and densities of Berchemia discolor across land uses indicated it is reasonably abundant in the study area.


Towards a global survey of pastoral communities and conflict. Most fruit are relatively poor sources of vitamins other than vitamin C and vitamin A and minerals other than potassiumbut fruit, along with leaves and roots, are most important for supplying protectant phytochemicals and ascorbic acid vitamin C Berchemia discolor is among indigenous species of social and economic importance which include food from fruit of the trees.

Crude fiber content was expressed as a percentage loss in weight on ignition. February 04, ; Accepted: Proteins and carbohydrates B. The climate of the area is hot with erratic, variable rainfall and unreliable for agricultural activities. Making the most of indigenous trees.

According to the key informants, B. For our ancestors, fruit contributed to the required ‘mix’ of energy food, protein, minerals, vitamins and gums, fibre and phytochemicals.

Red list of South African plants. The major socio-cultural value of a tree is in maintaining traditional lifestyles building and furnishing houses, traditional celebrationsproviding important secondary forest products and medicine and aesthetic practices Guinad and Lemessa, ; Teklehaymanot and Giday, discilor It provides livelihoods in terms of nutrition, income generation, fuel wood, timber, fodder and medicine.

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Therefore, wild edible plants play an indispensable role to humankind in multiple ways including food, fuel wood, medicine, construction material, forage for livestock, environmental services and other uses yet not identified or known by different local communities Balemie and Kebebew, ; Teklehaymanot and Giday, This seasonal abundance of the fruit signifies its contribution to supplement to household food supply and coping with food shortages.


The flask was gerchemia on a heating mantle for 3 h to extract the crude lipid.

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The study objective was to determine nutritional value of fruit of Berchemia discolor and analyse the use and management practices and associated indigenous knowledge.

See Terms of Use for details. Trees of southern Africa. It is also found in Sudan and Ethiopia. Aims and Methods of Vegetation Ecology. After the extraction, the thimble was removed from the Soxhlet apparatus and the apparatus reassembled and heated over water bath for solvent recovery.

Determination of crude protein and carbohydrate: University of Pennslvania African Studies Center. Tends to be riparian in the more arid areas. Journal of Biological Sciences, Duscolor terms of food taste, key informants from 6 study sites B.

It also makes good firewood. Implications for food security. Neutraceutal wild plants of semiarid East Shewa, Ethiopia: Leaves provide fodder for camels and goats. What code is in the image? The fruit and leaves can be used as fodder.

In spite of the food and other multipurpose uses of Berchemia discolorresearch concerning the use, management and nutrition content of the species is inadequately documented in Ethiopia and obscure in the semiarid east Shewa.

It contributes to ecosystems diversity and provides habitats for several fauna.