Moringa ovalifolia Dinter ex Berger

After M. oleifera, this is perhaps the most familiar species of Moringa, growing in such well-visited Namibian parks as Etosha and Namib-Naukluft. Its bloated white trunks standing out on otherwise bare hillsides have earned it the name "ghost tree".

The species is found from central Namibia to southwestern Angola, usually on very rocky ground. At the Sproukieswoud ("Fairy Forest") area of Etosha park, however, there is a rare stand of M. ovalifolia on soil.

Along with the other bottle trees in the genus and several others, the young leaves of M. ovalifolia are palmately compound.

Moringa ovalifolia images
1) and 2) Namib - Naukluft Park, Namibia; 3) and 4) Sproukieswoud, Etosha National Park, Namibia; 5) and 6) Moringa waterhole, Halali, Ethosha National Park, Namibia; 7) fruits and seed
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