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Common name

English: Bambuk Butter, Shea Butter

German: Sheabutter

Portuguese: Carité


Kingdom: Plantae (2659)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2572)

    Class: Magnoliopsida (2167)

      Order: Ericales (56)

        Family: Sapotaceae (6)(family description)

          Genus: Vitellaria (1)

            Epithet: paradoxa C.F. Gaertn. (1)

Synonyms: Butyrospermum parkii (G. Don) Kotschy, Lucuma paradoxa (C.F.Gaertn.) A.DC.

paradoxa => not of the expected

parkii => in honor of Mungo Park (1771-1806), Scottish explorer of the African continent


Climate: tropical

Habitat: mesophytic

Habit: tree

External links

Check for Vitellaria paradoxa at

World Flora Online, GBIF or IPNI

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