Boran (Mader, Harores); Chonyi (Mkayukayu); Gabra (Madeer); Giriama (Mderia); Kamba (Muthei munini); Kipsigis (Nokirwet); Maasai (Oldorko); Malakote (Mutalya chana); Marakwet (Adomoyon); Orma (Mader); Pokomo (Muhale); Pokot (Adomeyon) Rendile (Gayer); Samburu (Llgoita) Swahili (mnya mate,mkamasi); Tugen (Adomeyo)
|Distribution of Cordia sinensis in Kenya|
|(c) Maundu P. and Bo Tengnas. (2005). Useful trees and shrubs for Kenya, World Agroforestry Centre.|
General Information about the Tree:
Propagation and Tree Management
- Medicine: The roots and bark are used for stomach disorders in both children and adults. A decoction of boiled roots is used to treat malaria but can cause an abortion. Bark and roots are mixed to treat conjunctivitis in cattle.
- Fodder: A very important source of fodder for goats, sheep, cattle and camels in dry areas.
- Food: The sweet and sticky tasty pulp of the fruit is eaten fresh and often put in porridge as a sugar substitute. The fruit pulp is sometimes used to make juice or brew local beer and sometimes mixed with tamarind (Tamarindus indica) juice and fermented.
- Gum: The clear gum from the tree is edible.
- Timber: The wood is used in the construction, furniture and for agricultural implements (such as tool handles, walking sticks, clubs, wooden spoons, stirrers and stools).
- Shade in the hot sun.
- Soil protection from erosion.
Pests and Diseases
There is no information about the diseases and pests that affect Cordia sinensis.