Irvingia gabonensis (oro) Seedlings | Ogbono
- Widely distributed and relatively common in moist lowland rainforest, also occurring in semi-deciduous forest, especially in association with human habitation. Near-threatened (NT) due to forest clearance and degradation, and poor natural regeneration.
- The fruits are yellow and fibrous, with palatable pulp that can be used for fruit drinks and jams. The pulp is also used to prepare a black dye for cloth. Dika nut also has medicinal uses.
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Irvingia gabonensis (oro) seedling commonly called Bush mango, dika nut (English), Ogbono (Igbo), Oro, Oyin (Yoruba), Ogwe, grows into a large, evergreen tree with a dense and compact canopy.
Features and Benefits of Irvingia gabonensis (oro) seedling
- Irvingia gabonensis (oro) seedling matures and fruits in 3years, disease-resistant, high-quality and high yield.
- The seed is recalcitrant hence making the seedling the best propagation means for commercial farming.
- Seed is ovoid, green and sweet-smelling when ripe, with orange juicy pulp containing one seed.
- Irvingia gabonensis seedling grows to about 40 m in height with a straight bole of up to 100 cm in diameter and buttresses that can be up to 6 m high. It can be found in tropical Africa where it is highly valued for multiple uses.
- Its bark is a purgative for treating gastrointestinal and liver conditions, sterility, hernias, and urethral discharge.
- It is also an aphrodisiac and is used in the treatment of diarrhoea and dysentery, body pains, toothache, sores, and wounds. Bark and roots are sources of tannins.
- Irvingia gabonensis (oro) seedling thrive well in light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil.
- Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very acid soils.
It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.
Specification: Irvingia gabonensis (oro) Seedlings | Ogbono
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