Descriptions and articles about the Akee, scientifically known as Blighia sapida in the Encyclopedia of Life. Includes Overview; Brief Summary; Molecular Bio. Blighia sapida (Sapindaceae). Common Names. English: ackee, akee. Spanish: akí, seso vegetal. French: aki, arbre fricassé. Portuguese: castanheiro do Africa. Originating in tropical West Africa, the Ackee tree is cultivated for its fruit which are cooked and eaten as a vegetable. It is now widely.

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Blighia sapida Blighia sapida – Cultivated Bark and leaf decoctions are administered to treat oedema, intercostal pain, dysentery and diarrhoea.

Description Large tree to 60 feet 18 mdensely branched and symmetrical, with smooth gray bark. They come into bloom at the start of the rainy season in seasonally dry areas but bloom on and off throughout the year in areas where the dry season is short or where humid conditions prevail.

Blighia sapida Blighia sapida, Cupania sapida x – 38k – jpg toptropicals. BoxAH Wageningen, Netherlands. There seems to be no reason to consider Blighia sapida to be under threat of genetic erosion. Research in Benin showed that Blighia sapida has moderate levels of genetic diversity in Benin and little differentiation among populations and climatic zones.

Blighia sapida can be distinguished from the other two species by its large fruits with rounded lobes. Blighia sapida is classified as a non-pioneer light demander. Although trees in the natural area of distribution seem to be dioecious male and female flowers on different treesit has been reported in Jamaica that they are andro-monoecious with male and bisexual flowers produced on the same tree.

In Florida, trees raised from seedlings start producing fruit after 3—6 years, while grafted trees produce fruit in 1—2 years. If you would like to support this site, please consider Donating. Articles with ‘species’ microformats All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from April Use dmy dates from October Trees, shrubs and lianas of West African dry zones. Arils are poisonous when unripe or when overly ripe as when open and dropped to the ground.


The fruit is poisonous if improperly harvested and prepared, containing the potentially deadly peptide hypoglycin. Montoso Gardens, Hwy Km It is suitable for interior trim, joinery and railway sleepers. It shows some resistance to fire. Topping the main shoot at a height of about 5 m is recommended to facilitate fruit harvesting.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Another appropriate method is to collect unopened but ripe fruits from the tree and lay them on racks in the sun. It has naturalised in Jamaica, although this is due to its extensive cultivation in that country.

Blighia sapida Ackee Blighia sapida. Flowers small and insignificant, cream-coloured, either bi-sexual or male and held in branched clusters arising at the ends of the branches, though they may be partly obscured by the leaves. Proceedings Florida State Horticultural Society Pounded bark is administered as an antidote to snake and scorpion bites, and pounded seeds to treat stomach complaints. However, in a study in south-western Nigeria, Blighia sapida was found to be one of the most commonly logged and processed timber species.

Changes in circumstances after the time of publication may impact the accuracy of datasets and their contents. Publisher Kampong Publications, California. Blighiq plants can be started from seed or from cuttings.

Blighia sapida – Useful Tropical Plants

The natural habitat of the species sa;ida obscured by the blithia planting around villages and further spread from there into the forest. It is considered useful for soil improvement and erosion control. Journal of Food Engineering International symposium on underutilized plants for food security, nutrition, income and sustainable development.


Dried fruit husks are rich in potash and the ashes are used in making soap. Large tree to 60 feet 18 mdensely branched and symmetrical, with smooth gray bark. Volume 1, part 2. Two other species of the genus Blighiaboth from tropical Africa, are B.

Blighia sapida

Backhuys Publishers, Leiden, Netherlands. This website is provided for general information only. There are 20 citations in Afrirefs related to Blighia sapida K. Green bligha lather in water and are used by the Krobo people of Ghana as soap for washing and as a mordant for dyeing. Upon arrival at Kew, this blighiia was sapdia Blighia sapida by K.

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Propagation by grafting and air layering was also successful. In traditional medicine, sap from terminal buds is instilled in the eyes to treat ophthalmia and conjunctivites. Green fruits lather in water and are used by the Krobo people of Ghana as soap for washing and as a mordant for dyeing.

It is recommended to transplant in full sunlight and at a spacing of 4 m for timber production and 6—9 m for fruit production.

The wood is also used as firewood and for charcoal production. Akee fruit and Jamaican vomiting sickness Blighia sapida Koenig. When ripe, each chamber splits to reveal three shiny seeds, each seed having a white fleshy aril at the base. The branchwood is cut for firewood and for making charcoal. In Ghana, it is used as a substitute for niangon Heritiera bligiha Sprague Sprague.

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