Scientific name 

Family name

Local name(s)
Mata (Agonia)

General description
It is a small tree. 

Edible part(s), preparation methods and palatability
fruits are edible. Everybody collects the fruits and they are eaten all the time that they are available between September and April. Everybody enjoys the fruit even in good times (They must have a pleasant taste and no unpleasant side effects are reported from its consumption.

grows in lowland areas, e.g. the Tekeze River lowlands.

Propagation method(s)
propagates by seeds and wildlings

Sample location(s)
Siska Kebele, Zequala Woreda (Wag Hamra)

the leaves of the tree are eaten by cows and birds eat the fruits.

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Mata’ tree in the Tekeze River lowlands

Branch with fruits and flowers  (Photos by Anna Barnett, Ethiopian Venture Project)