Moringa concanensis Nimmo, J. Grah. Cat. Bomb. Pl. 43 . (syn: Moringa concanensis Nimmo ex Dalzell & Gibson (ambiguous synonym));  
Common name: Konkan Moringa • Hindi: जंगली सरगुआ Jangli sargua, सेंजन Senjana • Kannada: Nugge, Kaadu nugge • Malayalam: മുരിന്ഗാ Muringa • Marathi: मशींग Mashinga, रान शेवगा Ranshevaga • Sanskrit: Aksiva, Bahulada, बहुपल्लव Bahupallava, बहुपत्रक Bahupatraka, Garbhapataka • Tamil: கட்டு முறுங்கை Kattu murungai
India: Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu as per BSI Flora of India;
SE-Pakistan (Baluchistan, Sind), India (Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat,
Maharashtra, Goa, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu), W-Bangladesh
as per Catalogue of Life;
Leaves mostly 2-pinnate- Moringa concanensis

Leaves 2-3 (-4) pinnate- Moringa oleifera
Thick leaflets with distinct veins- Moringa concanensis
Thin with obscure with obscure veins- Moringa oleifera
M.concanensis flowering and fruiting -November to April
M.oleifera – February to June.  




This is the most extensive flowering of this tree since it was planted three years ago. It doesn’t fruit as copiously as Moringa oleifera, but sets four or five long seed pods each time. This time there may be more, as the bees are hard at work.
Thick, corky bark:
Flower spray:
Flower closeup:
M. oleifera flower for comparison (it’s right next to the M. concanensis):
I don’t know whether I’ve asked this question before, but does anyone in the group know of the edibility of Moringa concanensis compared to
Moringa oleifera? Is it edible (flowers, leaves, young pods)?

Nice info. … I am not aware of the species.

I have it in my back garden in Hollywood, Florida, USA. I received seeds in 2005 collected by a plant researcher. I have planted them around, and also given them to local botanical gardens. One I planted has solid white flowers, and less distinct foliage, which makes me wonder whether it is a concanensis/ oleifera cross. 
The root system of M. concanensis is much more aggressive on the surface than M. oleifera. It has a very robust set of surface/ slightly subsurface roots.

I don’t know whether I’ve asked this question before, but does anyone  in the group know of the edibility of Moringa concanensis compared to  
Moringa oleifera? Is it edible (flowers, leaves, young pods)?

.. do not know about edibility comparison rightaway … but thanks very much …, for the ID comparison. Will be back if I get to know.

Thanks all very much for any information. I will add that the collector of seed asked the locals about whether it was edible, and was told “if you eat it for seven days you will go insane”. He interpreted that to mean a high cyanide content, but that’s the only evidence.

Not exactly scientific, but enough to keep me from trying it until I know! 


Tree for ID: SPC-010: Please help to identify this tree from Baroda. Flowers not seen. The leaflets are upto 3.5 cms in size.

It is Moringa oleifera synonym: Moringa pterygosperma (Moringaceae)

Thank you so much for the lead. I have one doubt, I have seen the drumstick tree in the vicinity and this tree is different in some aspects. The size of the individual leaflet (around 3.5 cms) is noticeably larger than the drumstick and almost all the leaflets are notched at the apex. It is a large tree and the girth of the trunk is
quite big compared to the drumstick trees in the area.
Unfortunately, there were no flowers/fruits on the tree but is it possible that it could be Moringa concanensis from these features?

With the help of these characters i think it is M. concanensis. if the leaflets are blunt at both the end.

Thank you … for your help in identification. I really appreciate it.





Tree for ID – Srisailam – 05022014-NAW3 : Attachments (3).  8 posts by 5 authors.

Kindly identify this tree growing on the cliffs of the Krishna valley near the dam site at Srisailam, Andhra Pradesh. Photographed on the 3rd Feb 2014.

Some trees growing out of cracks in the rockface. Trunks 20-25 cm wide. Height of trees 10-15 metres.

Leaflets about 2-3 cm. Flowers 1-2 cm.

this tree is Moringa concanensis

Moringa concanensis is not a common species at all. Good find.

Is this species found in dry tracts of Odisha?


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