Maerua crassifolia Forssk. [family CAPPARACEAE]. Herbarium. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (K). Collection. Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa. Resource. Maerua crassifolia Forssk., Fl. Aegypt-Arab. Blatter & Hallb. in J. Ind. Bot. ; Pax & Hoffm., l.c. ; Elffers et al, l.c. 40; Hedge & Lamond. Learn more about the Maerua – with amazing Maerua photos and facts on Arkive.

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Leaves contain up to 2. Solitairy or in groups of 2 or 3 in clusters of merua. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikispecies. An infusion of crushed stem bark is drunk or used as an enema to cure stomach-ache. A macerate of crushed fresh leaves is mixed with butter and is given as a cure for diarrhoea.

Embed this Arkive thumbnail link “portlet” by copying and pasting the code below. The same is applied to skin-affections, especially on the head. Its presence is not often mentioned — seven times — as a sacred tree, but it is rather widely attested in the Egyptian toponymy in the Southern as well as in the Northern area.

In Yemen, John R. Flowering shoots are relished by camels Burkill, In Ethiopia the leaves are eaten as a vegetable. The main maeruq of Maerua crassifolia by the Touareg of the Sahel is as a veterinary drug. Iron and magnesium levels were intermediate and levels of copper, manganese and phosphorus were low. The plant grows commonly in Yemen, where it is called Meru.


As it is intensively used in northern Africa, protection measures are needed to ensure the species maintains its distribution area.

The 18th-century taxonomist was Peter Forskalwho visited Yemen in the s. It is especially important during the dry season. The rangelands of the Arabian Peninsula.

Plants in Israel: Maerua crassifolia

Nutritional characteristics of forages from Niger. Balanites aegyptiaca and Maerua crassifolia.

The chemical composition and digestibility of fodder shrubs and trees. The wood is soft, fibrous, hard, white and is used for carving in Nigeria. Fruit a cylindrical capsule up to 5 —7 cm long, markedly contracted between the seeds, grey to brown, densely pubescent, up to seeded.

The integration of browse plants within pastoral and agropastoral systems in Africa. Atil Maerua crassifoliaaerial part, dry Atil Maerua crassifoliaaerial part, fresh.

Maerua crassifolia

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Maerua crassifolia Scientific classification Kingdom: In the 18th century the plant’s Arabic name Meru was used as the source for the genus name Maerua. Browse in Africa, the current state of knowledge.

In very arid lands Arabian Peninsulatrees are left half-dead after grazing Chaudhary et al. Leaves alternate on young twigs and clustered on older branchlets, simple and entire; stipules narrowly triangular; petiole up to 3 —7 mm long; blade oblanceolate, obovate or obovate-elliptical, 1—5. The leaves can maeruq cooked in butter or animal fat before application Ag Arya, Other forage plants Forage plants.

However, incubated samples in rumen-fistulated camels and goats showed a low DM disappearance rate Rahim, Branches are twisted and often densely leaved. X Close Image credit. Accessed 13 November Maerua crassifolia occurs in dry savanna, deciduous bushland, thickets and semi-desert scrubland on sandy soils, from sea-level up to m altitude.

They are also rich in fat 7. Maerua duchesnei De Wild. The standard author abbreviation Forssk. This page was last modified on 20 Octoberat Retrieved January 10,

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