Descriptions and articles about the Akee, scientifically known as Blighia sapida in the Encyclopedia of Life. Includes Overview; Brief Summary; Molecular Bio. Blighia sapida (Sapindaceae). Common Names. English: ackee, akee. Spanish: akí, seso vegetal. French: aki, arbre fricassé. Portuguese: castanheiro do Africa. Originating in tropical West Africa, the Ackee tree is cultivated for its fruit which are cooked and eaten as a vegetable. It is now widely.
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The dried seedsfruit, barkand leaves are used medicinally. Blighia sapida occurs most commonly in semi-deciduous forest, but can also be found in evergreen forest as well as in forest outliers in savanna regions.
Missouri Botanical Garden Shaw Blvd. Bark and leaf decoctions are administered to treat oedema, intercostal pain, dysentery and diarrhoea. Research in Benin showed that Blighia sapida has moderate levels of genetic diversity in Benin and little differentiation among populations and climatic zones. Bounty brought Blighia sapida They are not largely consumed in Africa, but considered a delicacy in some other parts of the world where Blighia sapida has been introduced.
Changes in circumstances after the time of publication may impact the accuracy of datasets and their contents. Blighia sapida occurs most commonly in semi-deciduous forest, but can also be found in evergreen forest as well as in forest outliers in savanna regions.
Sign up for our e-newsletter. Clarendon Press, Oxford, United Kingdom. The fruit bliguia a thick fibrous shell that splits at the base when fully mature, separating into three segments, each shielding a soft, pale yellow or creamy-white aril with a glossy black seed attached. Propagation by grafting and air layering was also successful. The edible arils certainly offer possibilities for economic development in tropical Africa, but lessons learnt from tropical America and Burkina Faso regarding the toxicity of compounds should be taken into blifhia consideration.
The seeds are probably dispersed by animals such as large birds and monkeys. In Cameroon, young trees raised from seed started flowering after 5 years and first fruits developed after 7 years.
The weight of a seed is about 3 g. Captain Bligh is perhaps best known today not for his botanical or financial interests in plants, but for his ordeal in being set adrift in in the Mutiny on the Bounty incident. It is recommended to sow them within a few days after extraction from the fruit.
Flowers greenish, small, staminate and hermaphroditic, in axillary racemes. Seedling with sspida germination; epicotyl c. Upon arrival at Kew, this tree was named Blighia sapida by K. The seed oil is promising for industrial use, especially as lubricant and speciality surfactant.
In Blighia sapida emerged as a high-priority species blighiz domestication in Benin after a national survey. Blihia often sprout vigorously from stumps. It is recommended to sow them within a few days after extraction from the fruit. The seed oil is promising for industrial use, especially as lubricant and speciality surfactant. When harvested and prepared correctly, the arils are delicious and safe to eat. Blighia sapida Prelude Medicinal Plants Database x – k – jpg www.
In Florida, an attack by Verticillium dahliae has been recorded, causing wilt and dieback.
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Extracts of unripe fruits produced neutropenia and thrombocytopenia in mice, suggesting that they may be useful in the treatment of diseases such as chronic myeloid leukaemia, essential thrombocythaemia and polycythaemia.
The wood moulds and sands well and takes an attractive finish.
Ackee was for years banned from being imported into the United States, but in the FDA Food and Drug Administration granted an exemption to a ‘Green List’ of exporters, which according to the FDA demonstrated that they have controls in place to ensure their product is safe.
Introduction to Clinical Nutrition. In pure stands at a spacing of 3. The composition of g of raw aril is approximately: Articles with ‘species’ microformats All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from April Use dmy dates from October