Dactyladenia scabrifolia is a tree usually growing up to 20 metres tall, occasionally to 27 metres. The bole is usually straight, unbuttressed but slightly fluted, up to 50cm in diameter[
West tropical Africa - Sierra Leone to Central African Republic.
An understorey tree of primary and old secondary rainforest, but also found in riverine forest and in abandoned farmland, at elevations up to 1,100 metres[
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Within its native range, the tree has been considered a weed in managed forests, and it has been poisoned[
Plants can flower and produce fruit all year round[
]. The seed is reportedly edible[
A leaf decoction is taken to treat dysentery[
The heartwood is pale brown to reddish brown, sometimes with narrow darker streaks; it is not distinctly demarcated from the paler sapwood. The texture is moderately coarse. The wood is fairly heavy, hard and moderately durable. It wood is used locally for construction, planks and utensils such as rice pestles and mortars[
The wood produces an excellent charcoal[
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