Piptadenia kerstingii Harms
Aubrevillea kerstingii is a deciduous tree with widely spreading branches and an umbrella-like crown; it can grow up to 37 metres tall. The straight, cylindrical bole can be up to 120cm in diameter with thin buttresses often forming broadly triangular flanges merging gradually with the twisted widely spreading roots[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and probably also for its wood.
Tropical Africa - Cote D'Ivoire to southern Central African Republic and northern DR Congo.
Especially characteristic of forest outliers in savannah country; it is also found in secondary forest and evergreen rainforest; at elevations from 400 - 1,200 metres[
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This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria, these bacteria form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby[
A bark decoction is used as an anodyne and to prevent abortion[
A leaf decoction is administered in enema as a laxative[
The crushed leaves are applied externally as an anodyne[
A root maceration in palm wine is drunk to treat gonorrhoea[
The wood is probably used for joinery and as a substitute of Piptadeniastrum africanum wood299].
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