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The horseradish tree, Moringa pterygosperma (Moringaceae)— a boon to arid lands?

Literature: Journal Articles

Morton, J.F. 1991, "The horseradish tree, Moringa pterygosperma (Moringaceae)— a boon to arid lands?", Economic Botany, vol. 45, no. 3 pp. 318-333.


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Economic Botany

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Species Info

  • Moringa oleifera


  • In this study, the reforestation potential of Moringa oleifera, a arid tropical fruiting legume from south Asia, is evaluated.
  • Moringa grows from seeds or cuttings, and seeds should be planted 2 cm deep and watered 2x daily. Plants sprout in 1-2 weeks, with a total viability of 28-80%.
  • Plants can grow 1-3 meters in the first few months, but growth from seed can be quite variable, so authors recommend reproduction from cuttings.
  • Fruiting can begin after 3 years, and mulching and fertilizing can triple fruit production.
  • Worldwide,Moringa is used for food (fruit, flowers and leaves), medicine (all parts of the plant) and water purification (seeds).
  • Numerous Moringa relatives exist – authors state that wild varieties and hybridization should be tested.

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