Casearia chirindensis Engl.
Rinorea cafassii Chiov.
Casearia battiscombei is an evergreen tree with a vertical crown; it can grow up to 40 metres tall. The bole is generally straight, sometimes fluted, 30 - 45cm in diameter, exceptionally to 90cm, with buttresses up yo 180cm high. Sometimes the plant is no more than a shrub with branches horizontally in tiers, or straggling[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its wood, which is used locally and also traded. It is planted for amenity and to provide shade[
Sawdust from the wood can be irritating to mucous membranes[
East tropical Africa - Uganda, Kenya, southern Somalia, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe.
Rain-forest; remnants of evergreen forest; at elevations from 1,000 - 2,440 metres[
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The heartwood is limited to a narrow dark-brown core; most of the wood is sapwood, which is whitish to pale yellow-brown with red streaks. The texture is fine and even; the grain straight; it has an unpleasant odour when freshly sawn, though this disappears upon drying. The wood is soft and brittle; it is not very durable, being vulnerable to attack by decay fungi and termites, and liable to blue stain. It air dries moderately slowly with some tendency to warp. It works easily with machine and hand tools; dresses to a smooth surface; is easy to nail. The wood is used for purposes such as boxes and crates, interior joinery, furniture components and carving[
The wood is used for fuel[
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