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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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Although trees in the natural area of distribution seem blghia 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.

The branchwood is cut for firewood and for making charcoal. Tropical Plants Database, Ken Fern. When it ripens, it turns from green to a bright red to yellow-orange, and splits open to reveal three large, blighix black seeds, each partly surrounded by soft, creamy or spongy, white to yellow flesh—the arilthat has the texture and consistency of scrambled eggs.

Flowers probably functionally unisexual, regular, 5-merous, greenish white to greenish yellow, sweet-scented; pedicel up to 6 mm long, elongating up to 10 mm in fruit; calyx with tube about as long as lobes, 2—3 mm long; petals free, rhomboid, 3—4 mm long, hairy, with a 2-lobed scale on the inner face; stamens 6—10, free, filaments up to 6 mm long, hairy in lower part; ovary superior, hairy, usually 3-lobed and 3-celled, style short; male flowers with rudimentary ovary, female flowers with reduced stamens.


Under favourable conditions, the tree may reach heights of up to 25 m 80 ftthough is more commonly 10 to 15 m 30 to 50 ft tall with a straight, stout trunk supporting a bighia leafy zapida crown.

Blighia sapida

However, the trees are not usually felled in areas where the fruit is eaten and has economic importance. Blighia bloghia is classified as a non-pioneer light demander. The wood moulds and sands well and takes an attractive finish.

It is quite widespread and is commonly planted.

If you would like to support this site, please consider Donating. Glucose stores are consequently depleted leading to hypoglycemia. In Benin, leaves are used in the treatment of fever and vertigo, and twigs to treat hepatitis, cirrhosis and amygdalitis. It has an extensive rooting system.

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Blighia sapida – Plant Finder

Blighia sapida 1, part of twig with leaf and inflorescence; 2, male flower; 3, female flower; 4, dehisced fruit showing seeds. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Bark and leaf decoctions are administered to treat oedema, intercostal pain, dysentery and diarrhoea. Readable yet also very detailed. The seeds are taken in Ghana to control nausea and vomiting.


Blighia sapida (PROTA) – PlantUse English

In Florida, trees raised from seedlings start producing fruit after 3—6 years, while grafted trees produce fruit in 1—2 years.

Propagation by grafting and air layering was also successful. Montoso Gardens, Hwy Km Bark and leaf decoctions are administered to treat oedema, intercostal pain, dysentery and diarrhoea. In Florida, an attack by Verticillium dahliae has been recorded, causing wilt and dieback. See Terms of Use for details. Pounded bark is administered as an antidote to snake and scorpion bites, and pounded seeds to treat stomach complaints.

Woody plants of western African forests: Seeds of Blighia sapida yield a yellowish oil, believed to be edible. Fruits and leaves Photograph by: Arils can be harvested from the fruits when they have opened after about 3 days.

Ackee is propagated by seeds, cuttings or grafting. Nine distinct criteria, mostly related to fruit characteristics, have blighiaa used to differentiate between types.

Trees often sprout vigorously from stumps. The composition of g of raw aril is approximately: