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Taxon: Argania spinosa (L.) Skeels

Genus: Argania
Family: Sapotaceae subfamily: Sapotoideae tribe: Sideroxyleae
Nomen number: 3956
Place of publication: Bull. Bur. Pl. Industr. U.S.D.A. 227:28. 1911
Name verified on: 17-Nov-1995 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 14-Dec-2005
No species priority site assigned.


Common names:

  • argantree   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – English
  • goat-tree   (Source: Carole Ritchie [pers. comm., 2006]) – English
  • aranier   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – French
  • bois de fer   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – French
  • Arganbaum   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – German
  • ardjan   (Source: Mansf Ency ) – Morocco
  • argán   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – Spanish

Economic importance:

  • Environmental: agroforestry   (fide Agroforestry 6:11. 1994)
  • Human food: oil/fat   (fide C. R. Ritchie, pers. comm. 2006)
  • Materials: lipids   (for cosmetics fide C. R. Ritchie, pers. comm. 2006)
  • Medicines: folklore   (fide C. R. Ritchie, pers. comm. 2006)

Distributional range:

    Northern Africa: Algeria; Morocco

    Macaronesia: Spain - Canary Islands
    Southwestern Europe: Spain [s.]

    Northern Africa: Morocco; Tunisia [s.]




Check other web resources for Argania spinosa (L.) Skeels:

  • 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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