RUBBER TREE, URCEOLA ELASTICA APOCYNACEAE, LANDOLPHIA FLORIDA APOCYNACEAE

Hedrick, U.P. editor. 1919. Sturtevant's Notes on Edible Plants. Report of the New York Agricultural Experiment Station for the Year 1919 II. Albany, J.B Lyon Company, State Printers. [References Available]

RUBBER TREE, URCEOLA ELASTICA (Apocynaceae)

is a plant of equatorial Africa. A species which has nauseous and bitter roots and white flowers and furnishes a vegetable to the natives. Grant writes, "the men of the Moon roast its leaves and stalks and cook them as a spinach.

LANDOLPHIA FLORIDA Apocynaceae, RUBBER TREE

Is a plant of troical Africa. This species furnishes the abo of tropical Africa, eaten by the natives. Montiero describes a species of this genus, probably this, as occurring in Angola and called rubber tree. The fruit, the size of a large orange, is yellow when ripe; the shell is hard and bitter and the inside full of a soft, reddish pulp in which the seeds are contained. This pulp is of an agreeable aqcid flavor and is much liked by the natives. On the Niger, according to Barter, its fruit, which is very sour, is eaten by the natives under the name of aboli.

 
Modified and compiled for the FOOD RESOURCE, Public Health and Human Sciences, Oregon State University
Updated: Tuesday, July 3, 2012.