Branches are twisted and often densely leaved. Leaves are oblong and ovate, variable in shape and size, usually mm long and mm broad, somewhat fleshy, glabrous and almost sessile. Flowers are white, sweet-scented and without petals. Fruits are pubescent, irregular cylindrical pods, cm long, 0.
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Branches are twisted and often densely leaved. Leaves are oblong and ovate, variable in shape and size, usually mm long and mm broad, somewhat fleshy, glabrous and almost sessile. Flowers are white, sweet-scented and without petals. Fruits are pubescent, irregular cylindrical pods, cm long, 0. The wood is used to make tools and weapons. Crushed leaves and leaf decoctions are used in ethno-medicine to treat fever, stomach disorders and skin affections Burkill, The leaves can be cooked in butter or animal fat before application Ag Arya, Infusions of leaves are also used for human intestinal diseases in North Africa, due to the health properties of their lipids and triterpenes Ibraheim et al.
In very arid lands Arabian Peninsula , trees are left half-dead after grazing Chaudhary et al. It grows in deciduous bush land, thickets and semi-desert scrub near rivers, from sea level up to an altitude of m in East Africa CJB, Optimal growth conditions are mm annual rainfall Diatta et al.
It can tolerate much drier conditions, from 75 mm to mm annual rainfall Thompson, They are also rich in fat 7. Flowering shoots are relished by camels Burkill, Grazed foliage was found to be palatable to goats in rainy and dry seasons and it was one of the most selected species in all seasons. However, incubated samples in rumen-fistulated camels and goats showed a low DM disappearance rate Rahim,
Maerua crassifolia Forssk.
The standard author abbreviation Forssk. The standard author abbreviation R. The standard author abbreviation Chiov. The standard author abbreviation Vahl is used to indicate Martin Vahl — , a Danish-Norwegian botanist and zoologist. In Yemen, John R. Some consider the mainly coastal, glabrous plants to be Maerua crassifolia, and the pubescent plants to be a separate, more widespread taxon, which would have to be called Maerua rigida R.