One variety of Moringa is Moringa oleifera, a tree originally from Kerala state of India, which is what is commonly referred when the name Moringa is used. This variety is cultivated throughout the tropics. The African variety Moringa stenopetala, is widely grown.
Moringa is the only genus in the family Moringaceae. This genus comprises 13 species of trees that are tropical and sub-tropical. The taxon name moringa comes from the Tamil/Malayalam word murungakkAi.
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