Cordia monoica1 (Roxb.)
ovalis DC. (Synonym)
(Konsogna), Marergom, Marer-girgir (Somali), Qotte, Mader (Borena)
much branched bush, shrub or tree to 6m high (normally 3-5m). If left untouched
(not pruned) it could grow to a tree. The bark is yellow to ash grey, smooth and
flaking. Flowers are of cream colour that turn brown when drying. The fruits are
yellowish or orange circulars up to 2cm across.
preparation methods and palatability
are edible. The fruit coat is normally removed and the pulp together with the
seed is sucked and the seed afterwards discarded. The fruits are picked and
consumed raw by children in normal times. But when food shortage occurs, all
people, children and adults alike, collect and eat it. The fruit tastes very
sweet and similar to the fruit of C. sinensis, (‘Maderta’ in
species grows in India, Sri Lanka and in Africa from Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia,
Kenya down to South Africa. It is very common along valley bottoms and
watercourses on rocky areas and red clay soils from sea level to 2,200m.
by seeds sown directly and without pre-treatment.
Jarso Kebele, Konso
species is also used for live fencing, firewood, char coal, handles , wood
carving, beehive hooks. The leaves are camel and goat fodder.
of the following description have been taken from Maundu et al., 1999: p. 103