Rhus ruspolii (Engl.)
'Tami' is a bush-tree species
to 3m, rarely tree to 8m.The twigs are stout and smooth reddish-brown,
glabrous or sparsely hairy. Leaflets are subsequal, usually obovate. The
margins of the leaf has broad obtuse teeth or crenations. Inflorescence
mainly terminal, pointed, male flowers grouped into discrete clusters,
axes hairy. Drupe globose, - 4mm diameter, glossy, fragile and pinkish
preparation methods and palatability
The very small fruits are edible.
The fruits are said to be consumed only during food shortage periods because
during normal times it is not worth looking for and collecting them.
Grows in lower
margins of mountain forests, in Combretum-Terminalia or Acacia woodland,
locally abundant (1,200 - 2,150m).
seedlings and wildlings.
Woreda (North Omo)
Traditional insults go with the name
of this plant; 'ary kuenti' and 'kuenti lacani', translated as 'kuenti
eaters', which means being as poor as having to eat 'kuenti' instead of
any other farmed crop such as barley or teff.
'Tami' tree species in Koindo-Koyisha
bushland, North Omo.