Abrahamia sericea is an evergreen tree that can grow from 15 - 25 metres tall.
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of wood.
Africa - Madagascar.
Humid and subhumid evergreen forests at elevations below 2,000 metres[
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A leaf infusion is administered to treat indigestion[
]. The leaves are also valued in traditional medicine to treat heart complaints and as disinfectant[
Abrahamia ditimena, and other Abrahamia species, have been recommended for enrichment planting in natural forest, and as non-pioneer light-demanders that also tolerate some shade they are suited for that purpose. However, they grow slowly and long cutting cycles are needed for timber production, and therefore commercial exploitation on a sustainable basis seems to have little prospects
The heartwood is chestnut brown and streaked; it is distinctly demarcated from the up to 6cm wide band of paler sapwood. The grain is generally straight, texture fine. The wood is moderately heavy, moderately durable, with fair resistance to termites, but it is rather susceptible to fungal attacks. It air dries easily with little checking and warping; rates of shrinkage during drying are medium. The wood works easily, glues satisfactorily and the nailing properties are moderate. The wood is used for construction, joinery, flooring, panelling, moulding and railway sleepers[
]. For usage as railway sleepers, it is advised to treat the wood with preservatives under pressure[
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