Peltophorum massaiense Taub.
Bussea massaiensis is a shrub or small tree with a spreading crown; it can grow 2 - 12 metres tall[
The seeds are harvested from the wild for local use as a food. The seeds are sometimes sold in local markets[
]. Although not cultivated, the tree is often protected on farmland. With its bright yellow flowers, it is suitable as an ornamental, for shade and as an avenue tree[
Bussea massaiensis has a fairly large range and is present within the protected areas network. However, the Zambezian woodlands in which the plant occurs are threatened by human exploitation including clearance to create agricultural land and burning for charcoal. The plant is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2013)[
East Tropical Africa - Tanzania, Zambia.
Thickets, where it is sometimes the dominant species; deciduous bushland; and woodland, at elevations from 1,100 - 1,400 metres[
|Conservation Status||Least Concern
|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Semi-cultivated, Wild
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[
Seeds - cooked[
]. They are roasted, a little salt is added and then they are eaten like groundnuts[
]. The roasted seeds can be ground into a powder and then used in making soup with vegetables or meat[
The wood is hard and termite resistant[
]. It is used for building poles, pestles, tool handles and carvings[
The wood of species in this genus is hard, heavy, tough and strong. It is difficult to work and is only suitable for rough, unfinished work[
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