Madera (Afargna), Madere (Tigrigna),
Anfar, Atquar (Amargna)
B. polystachya is a much-branched
shrub or small tree, 4-5m high, occasionally it can grow up to 12m. It
has a red-brown or grey bark. The leaves are long and narrow to 15cm with
a pointed tip and are light grey-green on top. Flowers are of bright orange
colour on a long spike to 20cm. The flowers are tubular, in small groups
with a sharp and rather unpleasant smell. The fruits are small dry orange
capsules that are open at the tip.
preparation methods and palatability
Fruits are edible. Mostly children
collect and consume the fruits in normal times, but adults may consume
as well in food shortage periods. Fruits are eaten raw.
Grows in secondary scrup od semi-arid
upper highland forest and at forest edges in dry, moist and wet midlands
and moist highlands (2,200 - 3,600m).
Propagates by seedlings, wildlings
Talalak River, Dewe Woreda, Zone 5,
The dry wood can be used to start
fires by rubbing stick (friction). The leaves can be used as animal fodder.
1 Parts of the following
description have been taken from Bekele-Tesemma et al., 1993: p. 120/121