Kalkalla (Wolayetna), Yekallo wanza (Amargna), Camel's foot tree, Monkey
The plant is a small, rounded
deciduous tree, 3 - 5m heights growing in bush land. It has got pods containing
seeds in flesh. The outer part of the pod carries residue/dusty material
looking like coffee bean powder.
preparation methods and palatability
Around Alduba the Hamer and Bena pastoralists
eat the flesh of the seeds contained in the pods when dried like biscuits
(the skin and the seeds are removed)..
Growing at medium
and low altitudes. Also found in the Gibe river valley, and various areas
of Illubabor. It performs particularly well in moist and wet midlands (900
seeds and seedlings
Hamer-Bena Woreda (South Omo)
In Wolayita areas, unlike in South
Omo zone, the pods are used as forage material and people consume none
of the plant part at any time.
of the following description have been taken from Bekele-Tesemma et al.,
1993: p. 354/355
Piliostigma thonningii tree near Alduba,
Hamer-Bena, South Omo
Leaves and seedpods of Piliostigma
thonningii tree near Alduba