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(Horseradish Tree family)


This is a family of 13 species of deciduous trees and sub-shrubs classified in a single genus, namely Moringa Rheede ex Adans. (Mabberley 2008)

Mustard oil thioglucosides are a feature of this family as with the Cruciferae and the Capparaceae. These thioglucosides yield potentially irritant and allergenic isothiocyanates (mustard oils).

Moringa oleifera Lam.
(syns Guilandina moringa L., Hyperanthera moringa Vahl, Moringa moringa Millsp., Moringa pterygosperma Gaertn., Moringa zeylanica Burmann)
Ben Tree, Drumstick Tree, Horseradish Tree, Moringa Tree, Emmunggai, Gemunggai, Lemunggai, Meringgai, Morunggai, Remunggai, Kachang Kelur, Ben Ailée, Meerrettichbaum

The seeds known as Ben nuts are the source of a fixed oil known as oil of Ben. The roots smell of horseradish (Armoracia rusticana G.Gaertn., B.Mey. & Scherb., fam. Cruciferae) (Menninger 1987, Mabberley 2008).

[Further information available but not yet included in database]


  • Mabberley DJ (2008) Mabberley's Plant-Book. A portable dictionary of plants, their classification and uses, 3rd edn. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press [WorldCat]
  • Menninger EA (1967) Fantastic Trees. New York: Viking Press [WorldCat]
  • [ + 8 further references not yet included in database]

Richard J. Schmidt

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