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Taxon: Vangueria madagascariensis J. F. Gmel.

Genus: Vangueria
Family: Rubiaceae subfamily: Ixoroideae tribe: Vanguerieae
Nomen number: 103314
Place of publication: Syst. nat. 2(1):367. 1791
Name verified on: 15-Aug-1986 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 02-Feb-2006
Species priority site is: Natl. Germplasm Repository - Miami (MIA).


Common names:

  • Spanish-tamarind   (Source: Dict Gard ) – English
  • tamarind-of-the-Indies   (Source: Dict Gard ) – English
  • vavangue   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – French
  • voavanguier   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – French
  • tamarindo extranjero   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – Spanish

Economic importance:

Distributional range:

    Northeast Tropical Africa: Ethiopia; Sudan
    East Tropical Africa: Kenya; Tanzania [incl. Pemba, Zanzibar]; Uganda
    West-Central Tropical Africa: Cameroon; Central African Republic; Zaire
    West Tropical Africa: Ghana; Nigeria
    South Tropical Africa: Malawi
    Southern Africa: South Africa - Transvaal
    Western Indian Ocean: Madagascar

  • naturalized elsewhere


  • Cufodontis, G. 1953–1972. Enumeratio plantarum aethiopiae: Spermatophyta.
  • Encke, F. et al. 1984. Zander: Handwörterbuch der Pflanzennamen, 13. Auflage.
  • Facciola, S. 1990. Cornucopia, a source book of edible plants.
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). 2010. Ecocrop (on-line resource).
  • Huxley, A., ed. 1992. The new Royal Horticultural Society dictionary of gardening. 4:600.
  • Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium. 1976. Hortus third. [= V. edulis Vahl].
  • Rehm, S. 1994. Multilingual dictionary of agronomic plants.
  • Turrill, W. B. et al., eds. 1952–. Flora of tropical East Africa.
  • Verdcourt, B. 1981. Notes on African Rubiaceae. Kew Bull. 36:548.


Check other web resources for Vangueria madagascariensis J. F. Gmel.:

  • SIBIS: South African National Biodiversity Institute's (SANBI) Integrated Biodiversity System
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.

Check other web resources for images:

  • Google Images Note: Be advised that their identity may be inaccurate. Proper identification of a plant may require specialized taxonomic knowledge or comparison with properly documented herbarium material.

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Cite as:
USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program.
Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
URL: (25 November 2015)

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