Thylachium africanum – Famine Foods

Thylachium africanum


Tanzania (central): roots boiled and eaten. Kenya (Mbeere division, Embu district): fruit eaten (?); (semi-arid south-eastern region): an important famine food. The root is eaten. Reportedly poisonous. The root bark is removed, the cortex cut up, pounded, and soaked, then strained, and the remaining material boiled for many hours and used as a porridge.

Additional Information

Name Authority:
Sandawe: Mutungu. Kikuyu: Raa -wa -mburi ("food for goats"). Kamba: Mtungu. Samburu: Lolmugi. Masai: Matanuyu

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