Invasive Species Compendium

Detailed coverage of invasive species threatening livelihoods and the environment worldwide

Abstract

Blighia sapida (akee apple).

Abstract

Blighia sapida, commonly known as ackee, is a tree species native to the Guinean forests of West Africa that has been introduced to the Americas, Australia and a small number of countries in Asia and Oceania. It is cultivated as an ornamental and fruit tree despite the arils being deadly poisonous if improperly prepared. It has been reported as naturalized in Jamaica, where has become an important food crop, and in Cuba and Australia although it does not appear to constitute an immediate problem in these countries.