Manilkara discolor - (Sond.) J.H.Hemsl.
Common Name Red milkwood, Silvery milkwood
Family Sapotaceae
USDA hardiness 10-12
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Lowland and upland dry evergreen forest and well-drained sites in upland rainforest, at elevations from sea level to 2,100 metres[398 ].
Range East tropical Africa - Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, S. Africa.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Tender Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

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Manilkara discolor, otherwise known as Red Milkweed or Silvery Milkwood, is an evergreen tree with a dense and round canopy and has many branches. It is grown in Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and South Africa. It grows about 3 - 40 m in height. The trunk is smooth, light-colored, and straight. The leaves are large, oblong, and green with silvery hairs underneath. The flowers form into groups in leaf axils. The fruit has juicy and fleshy pulp that is delicious. It is yellow to red and round. The seed is flat, oval, and pale. The plant yields white latex. The wood is hard and used for fuel, or poles, tool handles, carvings, and spoons.

Manilkara discolor Red milkwood, Silvery milkwood
Manilkara discolor Red milkwood, Silvery milkwood
Physical Characteristics
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Manilkara discolor is an evergreen Tree growing to 20 m (65ft) by 20 m (65ft) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 10. and are pollinated by Bees.Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

Eichleria discolor (Sond.) M.M.Hartog Labourdonnaisia discolor Sond. Labourdonnaisia sericea Benth.

Edible Uses
Fruit - raw[398 ]. The juicy, fleshy pulp is very tasty[398 ]. Eaten as a snack, especially by children and travellers, the seeds are discarded[398 ]. The yellow to red, fleshy, oval berries are up to 13mm in diameter, enclosing an oval flattened pale-coloured seed[398 ].
Medicinal Uses
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None known


Other Uses
Agroforestry Uses: The tree is good for shade[398 ]. Other Uses The plant exudes a white latex[398 ]. The wood is hard[398 ]. It is used for poles, tool handles, carvings and spoons[398 ]. The wood is used for fuel[398 ].
Cultivation details
Prefers a well-drained soil[308 ].
Seed -
Other Names
Red milkwood, Silvery milkwood, Forest milkberry, Inheua, Manematfole, Masematfole, Mgama, Mgamba, Mghambo, Mkwichimbo, Muapo, Muraita, Nheu:a, Nhuebe, Nueve, Tineve, Tinguele, Umnweba, forest milkberry, bosmelkbessie.
Found In
Kenya; Malawi; Mozambique; South Africa; Tanzania, United Republic of; Zimbabwe, Africa, East Africa, Southern Africa, Swaziland, Zambia,
Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : This taxon has not yet been assessed
Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Manilkara bidentataBalata, bulletwood, bully tree22
Manilkara zapotaSapodilla, Nispero52


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