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Baphia massaiensis - Plant

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Baphia is a small genus of legumes that bear simple leaves.

Baphia massaiensis is a shrub or small tree that can grow up to 10 metres tall.
The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a coffee substitute and for making toothbrushes. The plant is quite attractive, producing flowers in attractive short sprays, these are white with a yellow spot at the base of the standard petal, and are sweetly jasmine-scented.


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Description for Baphia massaiensis

Plants grow best in sun in coastal areas or in semishaded areas. Baphia is a small genus of legumes that bear simple leaves.
Baphia is from the Greek word βάπτω ( "to dip" or "to dye"), referring to a red dye that is extracted from the heartwood of tropical species.

Common name Flower colours Bloom time Height Difficulty
Common name: Jasmine Pea, Sand Camwood white-yellowish - grow up to 10 metres tall. -

Planting and care

Plants grow best in sun in coastal areas or in semishaded areas.

Sunlight Soil Water Temperature Fertilizer
Requires a sunny position - Require regular irrigation. - -

Caring for Baphia massaiensis

    Plants grow best in sun in coastal areas or in semishaded areas.

Typical uses of Baphia massaiensis

Special features: Can be trimmed to keep in shape.
The branches are used as toothbrushes for cleaning the teeth.
A piece of branch approximately the length and thickness of an adult male finger is used, the end is frayed for use as the brush

Culinary use: The seed can be roasted, then ground to a powder and used to make a coffee according to some reports, whilst other reports deny this use

References

    http://www.indiaplants.com/plant-details.php?plant=3092&botanical-name=Baphia+massaiensis#3092

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