Cyanothyrsus oblongus (Oliv.) Harms
Daniellia oblinga is a very large tree often growing to over 40 metres tall and sometimes reaching 60 metres. The straight, cylindrical bole can be around 150cm in diameter[
The plant is harvested from the wild for its resin and timber,
The tree is classified as 'Vulnerable' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2009) since populations have dropped due to habitat loss[
Western Tropical Africa - Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon.
Dense forest; at elevations from 80 - 700 metres[
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Although many species within the family Fabaceae have a symbiotic relationship with soil bacteria, this species is said to be devoid of such a relationship and therefore does not fix atmospheric nitrogen[
The stem is a source of resin, known as 'Niger Copal'[
A brown, fragrant balsam or oleo-resin is obtained from the trunk[
]. It is used as an adulterant of copaiba balsam (from Copaifera species), as a material for torches, to fumigate closed areas etc[
]. The fresh material is obtained by cutting out square pieces of the bark, though most of it is obtained from the ground in a semi-fossilized state[
The wood is reddish-brown with dark greenish-brown streaks, resistant to compression, elastic[
]. It is used for boat building, canoes, railway ties etc[
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