W. Tropical Africa to Eritrea and Uganda, W. Indian Ocean: Aldabra, Benin, Cabinda, Cameroon, Central African Repu, Comoros, Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Madagascar, Nigeria, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Togo, Uganda, Zaïre as per POWO;
Common name: Murembu Tree

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Boraginaceae Week :: Ehretia cymosa, Thonn. <=> Murembu Tree – bangalore – RA (confirm):   A shrub or tree to 7 m high, of savanna and secondary jungle, recorded from Sierra Leone to N and S Nigeria. A variable species with two varieties, var. cymosa and var. zenkeri (GurÎ…ke) Brenan, recognized in the Region, the former extending to Uganda, the latter to E Cameroun and S. Tome. Other varieties occur in tropical Africa outside the Region.The wood is described as perishable. It is however used in Zaïre (14) and in Kenya (8) to make handles for tools, and in Ethiopia yokes (7). The stems are sometimes used in Ghana as chewsticks (12, 13).Animals are said to browse the foliage in Sudan (2, 3), but in the Makuyuni District the leaves are held to be toxic (9). The leaves are commonly used in the Yoruba agbo infusion given in draught and used as a wash for fever, children’s convulsions, etc. Sap from the fresh leaves is a mild laxative for children (5, 11–13). The plant (probably the leaves) is used in Gabon as a laxative and a febrifuge (15). The leaf, usually after pounding with that of Newbouldia laevis (Bignoniaceae) and a guinea pepper, is tied on the head for headache (5).The root, like the leaves, is considered toxic in Makuyuni District of Tanganyika (9, 10) but no application is ascribed to it. A decoction of the roots and leaves is taken in Ghana for infantile tetanus (5, 13), and for dysentery (Field fide 13).In Ivory Coast a bark-decoction is taken for amenorrhoea, and the decoction when left to cool separates to a supernatant layer of oil which is applied to skin-affections (4).The fruit is edible (3, 13) and is used in Ghana as bait for trapping birds (5, 13).A trace of alkaloid has been detected in the plant (? leaves) (1).

I guess ID is matching . FoI


Tree for ID : Lalbagh,Bangalore : 010812 : AK-2: Seen in Lalbagh, Bangalore on 24/7/12.

Name plate suggests some Clerodendrum species.
Only tiny berries seen, flowering season was over when this picture was taken.
Not a tall tree, branching out like a canopy

Since some of the trees in the garden have a wrong name, wanted to know if this id is correct.

i think leaves and fruit structure looks like some kind of cordia not sure.

Thanks for a possible clue.

… has also given a possible id as Ehretia cymosa, Murembu tree.

Let us wait for the flowers to arrive. It is confusing as the fruits look like clerodendrum fruits!


Request Tree ID 109 – Lalbagh, bangalore – RA:

Looks like one of the Ehretia species (could be E.cymosa)



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