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Moringa oleifera (Moringaceae): ethnobotanical studies in Guatemala

Literature: Journal Articles

Cáceres, A., Freire, V., Girón, L. M., Avilés, O., Pacheco, G. 1991, "Moringa oleifera (Moringaceae): ethnobotanical studies in Guatemala", Economic Botany vol. 45, no. 4, pp. 522-523.


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Journal of Economic Botany

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Species Info

  • Moringa oleifera


  • Moringa oleifera is known by many names and has multiple uses in Guatemala (indicating that it has extensive distribution and historial use, even though it is native to central Asia).
  • Seeds are eaten and used as medicine. Authors suggest that use for oil extraction and water purification is also possible.  
  • In multiple observations, the highest germination was derived from seeds that were immersed in room temperature water for 24 hours.
  • Plants reached greater heights and had higher survival (75%) at 1070m elevation site compared to 40% survival at the 1600m site.


  • Guatemala
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