Moringa longituba Engler
It is impossible to
species for any other Moringa. No other species has bright red
or the petal and sepal bases fused to form a long, tubular hypanthium.
usually has a large tuber deep underground with one small shoot
reaching knee-high above the soil. If an individual is well-sheltered
under a tree, it can scramble through the branches for over three
meters. At the beginning of this century, the botanist Engler placed
this species in its own subgenus Dysmoringa. Its closest
relative is the other red-flowered species, Moringa ruspoliana.
Moringa longituba grows
in northeastern Kenya, southeastern Ethiopia, and much of Somalia. Like
other Moringa species in the Horn of Africa, M. longituba
is used medicinally, particularly for treating intestinal disorders of
camels and goats, for which the root is given internally.
In horticultural circles,
this species is often called "Moringa
tubiflora." I have been unable to figure out who came up with
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