Taxon: Vangueria madagascariensis J. F. Gmel.

Genus: Vangueria
Family: Rubiaceae
  Subfamily: Ixoroideae
      Tribe: Vanguerieae
Nomen number: 103314
Place of publication: Syst. nat. 2(1):367. 1791
Name Verified on: 15-Aug-1986 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 02-Feb-2006
Species priority site is: Natl. Germplasm Repository - Miami (MIA)
Accessions: 5 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

  • Spanish-tamarind  (Source: Dict Gard) - English
  • tamarind-of-the-Indies  (Source: Dict Gard) - English
  • vavangue  (Source: Dict Rehm) - French
  • voavanguier  (Source: Dict Rehm) - French
  • tamarindo extranjero  (Source: Dict Rehm) - Spanish

Economic Importance:

  • Human food: fruit (fide Cornucopia)

Distributional Range:


  • Africa

    • East Tropical Africa: Kenya; Tanzania; Uganda
    • Northeast Tropical Africa: Ethiopia; Sudan
    • South Tropical Africa: Malawi
    • Southern Africa: South Africa - Transvaal
    • West Tropical Africa: Ghana; Nigeria
    • West-Central Tropical Africa: Cameroon; Central African Republic; Zaire
    • Western Indian Ocean: Madagascar

  • Naturalized:

    . natzd. elsewhere


  • Cufodontis, G. Enumeratio plantarum aethiopiae: Spermatophyta. 1953-1972 (F EthiopCuf)
  • Encke, F. et al. Zander: Handwörterbuch der Pflanzennamen, 13. Auflage. 1984 (Zander ed13)
  • Facciola, S. Cornucopia, a source book of edible plants. 1990 (Cornucopia)
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) 2010. Ecocrop (on-line resource). (Ecocrop)
  • Huxley, A., ed. 1992. The new Royal Horticultural Society dictionary of gardening. 1992 (Dict Gard) 4:600.
  • Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium Hortus third. 1976 (Hortus 3)
  • Rehm, S. Multilingual dictionary of agronomic plants. 1994 (Dict Rehm)
  • Turrill, W. B. et al., eds. Flora of tropical East Africa. 1952- (F TE Afr)
  • Verdcourt, B. 1981. Notes on African Rubiaceae Kew Bull. 36:548.


Check other web resources for Vangueria madagascariensis J. F. Gmel. :

  • SIBIS: South African National Biodiversity Institute's (SANBI) Integrated Biodiversity System
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Databas of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.