Cadaba farinosa (Forssk.)
Luqata Sigmama (Konsogna), herd's
boy fruit (English)
It is a bushy tree plant. Leaves are
opposite and rounded at their apices and bases, pale in colour and smell
unpleasant when crushed. Fruits are small, elliptically shaped (spear-shaped
in both ends, base and apex, with widest part in the middle) and orange
in colour. In Konso farmers nickname the plant 'herd's boy fruit' because
herd boys are enjoying the fruits in the bush while they are with their
preparation methods and palatability
Fruits are edible. In severe food
shortage time fruits are used as an alternative to mitigate the crisis.
Grows in low- and midlands.
Propagates by seeds.
Jarso Kebele, Konso
Roots have medicinal value against
animal diseases (e.g. Trypanosomiasis) when mixed with other tree species
infusions (e.g. mixed with roots of Moringa oleifera).