Vangueria madagascariensis

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Vangueria madagascariensis
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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Gentianales
Family: Rubiaceae
Subfamily: Ixoroideae
Tribe: Vanguerieae
Genus: Vangueria
Species: V. madagascariensis
Binomial name
Vangueria madagascariensis

Vangueria madagascariensis, commonly known by the names Spanish-tamarind,[2] tamarind-of-the-Indies,[2] or voa vanga,[3] is a species of flowering plant in the Rubiaceae family native to the African continent having edible fruit.[2] It is the type species of the genus Vangueria and was described in 1791 by Johann Friedrich Gmelin.[4]


Vangueria madagascariensis has large, orange fruits that are edible and often consumed locally.

Native distribution[edit]

Vangueria madagascariensis is native to Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa (in KwaZuluNatal and Transvaal), Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania (inclusive of the Zanzibar Archipelago) and Uganda.[1]


  1. ^ a b "World Checklist of Rubiaceae". Retrieved 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c GRIN (February 2, 2006). "Information from NPGS/GRIN". Taxonomy for Plants. National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland: USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. Retrieved November 4, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Vangueria madagascariensis". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  4. ^ Linné C von, Beer GE, Gmelin JF (1791). Systema Natura 2. Leipzig: Impensis Georg Emanuel Beer. p. 367. 

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