Androstachys subpeltata (Sim) E.Phillips
Weihea subpeltata Sim
Androstachys johnsonii is a tree that can grow up to 30 metres tall. The straight, cylindrical bole can be free of branches for up to 15 metres and 60 - 90cm in diameter[
A valuable timber tree, it is harvested from the wild for local use and for trade[
Southern Africa - Mozambique, Swaziland, S. Africa, Mozambique.
Locally common in hot dry localities on well drained soils; usually gregarious on rocky hillsides and along seasonal watercourses; often forming dense shrub thickets; mixed deciduous woodland; at elevations from 100 - 900 metres[
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A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required[
The heartwood is a light or medium brown with a reddish tint and with darker markings; it is not clearly demarcated from the yellowish white sapwood. The texture is very fine and even; the grain straight to irregular and wavy; somewhat lustrous; without any characteristic odour or taste. The heartwood is highly resistant to attack by decay fungi and termites. The wood seasons slowly, is prone to surface checking and requires careful air-drying using thin stickers and pile covers. It is reported to saw and machine without particular difficulty; a good turnery wood; it gives a good finish; glues well. The wood is used for parquet flooring, heavy construction, railroad crossties, turnery, mine props etc[
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