Moringa

Vegetales tropicales, moringa, rebanadas de dedos de mujeres sobre un fondo rústico.

Moringa oleifera

The Tree of Life

Sinónimos:
Árbol de baquetas
Moringa (Wikipedia)

Moringa
Moringa ovalifolia.jpg
M. ovalifolia in Namibia
Scientific classification e
Kingdom:Plantae
Clade:Tracheophytes
Clade:Angiosperms
Clade:Eudicots
Clade:Rosids
Order:Brassicales
Family:Moringaceae
Martinov
Genus:Moringa
Adans.
Type species
Moringa oleifera
Species

See text

Synonyms

Donaldsonia Baker f.
Hyperanthera Forssk.

Moringa, native to parts of Africa and Asia, is the sole genus in the flowering plant family Moringaceae. The name is derived from murungai, the Tamil word for drumstick, and the plant is commonly referred to as the drumstick tree. It contains 13 species from tropical and subtropical climates that range in size from tiny herbs to massive trees. Moringa species grow quickly in many types of environments.

The most widely cultivated species is Moringa oleifera, native to the foothills of the Himalayas in northwestern India, a multipurpose tree cultivated throughout the tropics and marketed as a dietary supplement, health food or source for herbalism practices. The fruit pods of Moringa oleifera ("drumsticks") are consumed as food in many parts of the world, but particularly in South Asia. The leaves are commonly used to make tea. Oils are made from the seeds, while powders can be made from the leaves and roots.

M. stenopetala, an African species, is also widely grown, but to a much lesser extent than M. oleifera.

Moringa (Wiktionary)

English

Etymology

Probably from Tamil முருங்கை (muruṅkai, drumstick), from the shape of the fruits.

Noun

moringa (plural moringas)

  1. Any of several trees, of genus Moringa, that grow in tropical and subtropical India and Africa.

Synonyms

  • ben
  • drumstick tree
  • horseradish tree

Translations

References

  • Moringa on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • Moringa on Wikispecies.Wikispecies
  • Moringa on Wikimedia Commons.
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