Baphia acuminata De Wild.
Baphia bancoensis Aubrév.
Baphia glauca A.Chev.
Baphia solheidii De Wild.
Baphia pubescens is a shrub or small tree, sometimes with a distinct bole, growing from 6 - 15 metres tall[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its timber and medicinal applications.
Western tropical Africa - Guinea to the Congo.
Marshy or closed forests; sometimes common; half-deciduous forests and forests in the transitional zone to evergreen forests[
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Grows naturally in the moister areas of the tropics.
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 bark, bark oil and sap are used medicinally[
]. The bark is antirheumatic, the bark oil is diuretic[
A dye is obtained from the wood[
The wood is fine-grained, heavier than water, turning red upon exposure[
]. It has the odour of violets[
]. It is used for carpentry[
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