Daniellia soyauxii pilosa J.Léonard
Daniellia pilosa is a deciduous tree that can grow around 40 metres tall. The straight, cylindrical bole can be 150cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use of its timber and gum, the timber is also traded.
Tropical Africa - Gabon, Congo, DR Congo
Primary forests; at elevations from 20 - 600 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[
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 moderately coarse-textured and light in weight, reasonably strong but not very durable. The heartwood is likely to be gummy. Cut surfaces are likely to be wooly, but can be finished satisfactorily. The wood can be used as a decorative veneer for plywood, but is more commonly used to make crates, for construction purposes that do not require durability, and for high quality appearance[
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