Moringa oleifera Lam.
In recent years interest has grown in the utilisation of what have come
to be known as 'multipurpose' trees. The variety of products that can
be obtained and the number of uses for which these trees can be put to
have pushed them to the forefront of rural development. One such tree
is Moringa oleifera Lam. (M.oleifera). A native of the
sub-Himalayan regions of north west India, this tree is now indigenous
to many countries in Africa, Arabia, South East Asia, the Pacific and
Caribbean Islands and South America. As more becomes known of the
various uses and products of the tree the greater its significance has
become in the development of many of the poorest areas of developing
countries. The aim of this page is, therefore, to provide a summary
of the information available on the tree itself and its multipurpose nature.
Each of the descriptive sections below contain a list of selected
references where further information can be obtained.
The Environmental Engineering
pages and the Moringa oleifera
pages are maintained by John Sutherland.
Should you have any comments
about the pages or have enquiries about the work of the group please feel
free to contact him:
Department of Engineering,
University of Leicester,
Leicester LE1 7RH