Aubrevillea platycarpa is a semideciduous tree with a dense, rounded crown; it can grow from 25 - 50 metres tall. The irregular bole can be straight or sinuous, free of branches for up to 25 metres and up to 100cm in diameter. It has 2 - 3 narrow, plank-like buttresses up to 1 metre high and spreading 1 - 3 metres from the base[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its timber, which is mainly used locally.
West tropical Africa - Sierra Leone to Cameroon, south to Gabon and western DR Congo.
A canopy or emergent tree in evergreen to semi-deciduous lowland forests[
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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[
The heartwood is pale brown or greyish brown with a violet tinge and darker streaks; it is distinctly demarcated from the paler sapwood. The grain is often interlocked; texture moderately coarse. The heartwood is relatively hard. The wood dries slowly and is untreatable with preservatives[
]. The wood is used for joinery and is suitable for construction purposes. It is probably also used elsewhere as a substitute for the wood of Piptadeniastrum africanum[
Seed - usually germinates within 8 - 15 days from sowing[
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