Taxon: Argania spinosa (L.) Skeels

Genus: Argania
Family: Sapotaceae
Subfamily: Sapotoideae
Tribe: Sideroxyleae
Nomen number: 3956
Place of publication: Bull. Bur. Pl. Industr. U.S.D.A. 227:28. 1911
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 17-Nov-1995 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 14-Dec-2005
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 0 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: agroforestry (fide Agroforestry 6:11. 1994)
  • Human food: oil/fat (fide C. R. Ritchie, pers. comm. 2006)
  • Materials: lipids (for cosmetics fide C. R. Ritchie, pers. comm. 2006)
  • Medicines: folklore (fide C. R. Ritchie, pers. comm. 2006)

Distributional Range:


  • Africa

    • Northern Africa: Algeria ; Morocco

  • Naturalized

  • Africa

    • Macaronesia: Spain Canary Islands
  • Europe

    • Southwestern Europe: Spain

  • Cultivated

  • Africa

    • Northern Africa: Morocco ; Tunisia


  • Bouachrine, J. E. 1994. Multipurpose trees and shrubs - focus on the argan tree Agroforest. Today 6(1):11.
  • Euro+Med Editorial Committee Euro+Med Plantbase: the information resource for Euro-Mediterranean plant diversity (on-line resource). (EuroMed Plantbase)
  • Govaerts, R. & D. G. Frodin World checklist and bibliography of Sapotaceae. 2001 (L Sapotaceae)
  • Hanelt, P., ed. Mansfeld's encyclopedia of agricultural and horticultural crops. Volumes 1-6. 2001 (Mansf Ency)
  • Jahandiez, E. & R. Maire Catalogue des plantes du Maroc. 1931-1941 (L Maroc)
  • Pennington, T. D. The genera of the Sapotaceae. 1991 (Gen Sapot)
  • Personal Care Products Council International Nomenclature Cosmetic Ingredient (INCI)
  • Porcher, M. H. et al. Searchable World Wide Web Multilingual Multiscript Plant Name Database (MMPND) (on-line resource). (Pl Names)
  • Rehm, S. Multilingual dictionary of agronomic plants. 1994 (Dict Rehm)
  • Ritchie, C. R. 2007. pers. comm. (pers. comm.)


Check other web resources for Argania spinosa (L.) Skeels :

  • 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.