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Useful Tropical Plants

Berlinia giorgii

De Wild.

Fabaceae

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General Information

Berlinia giorgii is a shrub or a tree that can grow from 4 - 18 metres tall. The bole can be from 30 - 50cm in diameter.
There are no documented reports, but the plant is very likely to be harvested from the wild for local use of its wood.
Berlinia giorgii is one of the most widespread members of the genus and is known to occur within the protected areas network. However, the level of deforestation and natural habitat degradation in some of the areas in which the species occurs are high, indicating that botanical surveys and monitoring of the species is required. There are no estimates of population numbers for this species and population decline cannot be assessed with certainty, however population decline is not thought to be over the threshold for a threatened category. The plant is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2013)[
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A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
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Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Tropical Africa - Angola, DR Congo, Burundi, Zambia

Habitat

Upland forest, often preferring drier areas or woodland or wooded grassland; at elevations from 900 - 1,000 metres, sometimes descending to 450 metres.

Properties

Conservation StatusLeast Concern
Other Uses Rating *
HabitTree
Height10.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



This species has been confused with Berlinia bruneelii and Berlinia craibiana.

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

We know of no documented human uses for this species. However other species in this genus are collected locally for building materials, as well as for food and medicines. The wood of the various species in this genus is very similar and so this species is likely to be used for purposes such as construction, furniture and flooring[
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Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
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Berlinia wood is, in general, similar to white oak (Quercus alba) in durability, density and usefulness. It is an attractive, decorative hardwood that can be used for fine, interior joinery[
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Title
The Leguminosae; A Source Book of Characteristics, Uses and Nodulation
Publication
 
Author
Allen O.N.; Allen E.K.
Publisher
University of Wisconsin
Year
1981
ISBN
0-333-32221-5
Description
An amazing and comprehensive work, giving a brief guide to the many genera of the family Fabaceae and also the principle uses of the genus.
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Propagation

Seed -
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