Balanites aegyptiaca Delile, 1813

Verloove, Filip, 2021, New records in vascular plants alien to Tenerife (Spain, Canary Islands), Biodiversity Data Journal 9, pp. 62878-62878: 62878

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scientific name

Balanites aegyptiaca Delile, 1813
status

 

Balanites aegyptiaca Delile, 1813  

Balanites aegyptiaca   Descr. Egypte, Hist. Nat. 2: 221. 1813.

Distribution

TENERIFE: Arona (Guargacho), Calle Guayadeque, vacant lot in village, bare open ground, a single self-sown individual (not seen planted in the area), 24.06.2016, F. Verloove 12504 (BR). https://observation.org/observation/204907350/

Notes

Balanites aegyptiaca   is a small tree, native to much of Africa and parts of the Middle East. It naturally occurs in Morocco, relatively near to the Canary Islands. It is sometimes grown for its edible fruit or, less often, as a medicinal plant.

In 2011, a single young individual of this species was found near to the port area in Los Cristianos in Tenerife ( Sánchez de Lorenzo Cáceres 2012). The species was most likely introduced by African immigrants. In the intervening years, the same individual was also repeatedly seen by us.

In 2016, a further young individual of Balanites aegyptiaca   was observed on rough ground in another village in the southern part of Tenerife, Guargacho. The introduction vector in this locality is unknown.

Kingdom

Plantae

Phylum

Angiospermae

Class

Dicotyledoneae

Order

Geraniales

Family

Zygophyllaceae

Genus

Balanites

Loc

Balanites aegyptiaca Delile, 1813

Verloove, Filip 2021
2021
Loc

Balanites aegyptiaca

Delile 1813
1813