Moringa pterygosperma

Scientific name: Moringa pterygosperma Gaertn.
Synonym: Moringa oleifera Lam.
Botanical family: MORINGACEAE

Vernacular names

(In territories with significant traditional TRAMIL use)


  • bambou-bananier
  • ben olifère
  • benzoliv
  • graines benné

Botanical description

Tree, 5-10 m high, trunk brittle, root with taste and odour of horseraddish. Leaves deciduous, alternate, 30-60cm long, compound 3-pinnate, leaflets opposite, numerous, short-petiolate, 1-2.5 cm x 0.6-1.5 cm, variable in shape; inflorescence a panicle, axillary, flowers fragrant numerous, petals white,14-18 mm x 6-8 mm; fruit a linear capsule, triquetrous, 20- 45 cm long, 2 cm thick, usually pendulous tan; seeds globular 10 mm in diameter usually winged.







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