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Species Name
Rhus ruspolii (Engl.) 


Local Name(s)
Tami (Wolayetgna)

General description
'Tami' is a bush-tree species to 3m, rarely tree to 8m.The twigs are stout and smooth reddish-brown, glabrous or sparsely hairy. Leaflets are subsequal, usually obovate. The margins of the leaf has broad obtuse teeth or crenations. Inflorescence mainly terminal, pointed, male flowers grouped into discrete clusters, axes hairy. Drupe globose, - 4mm diameter, glossy, fragile and pinkish red.

Edible part(s), preparation methods and palatability
The very small fruits are edible. The fruits are said to be consumed only during food shortage periods because during normal times it is not worth looking for and collecting them. 

Grows in lower margins of mountain forests, in Combretum-Terminalia or Acacia woodland, locally abundant (1,200 - 2,150m). 

Propagation Method(s) 
Propagates by seedlings and wildlings.

Sample location(s)
Koindo-Koyisha Woreda (North Omo)

Traditional insults go with the name of this plant; 'ary kuenti' and 'kuenti lacani', translated as 'kuenti eaters', which means being as poor as having to eat 'kuenti' instead of any other farmed crop such as barley or teff.

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'Tami' tree species in Koindo-Koyisha bushland, North Omo.