This species is sometimes confused with Margaritaria discoidea in the Cote D'Ivoire[
Erythroxylum mannii is a deciduous tree with an open, spreading crown; it can grow up to 25 metres tall. The straight, cylindrical bole can be up to 70cm in diameter and is either slightly buttressed or fluted[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of wood. The durable timber is valued for its durability and is commonly used in construction, being used locally and also traded.
Tropical Africa - Sierra Leone to Nigeria, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo and DR Congo.
Closed high-forest, or more often semi-deciduous forest[
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The bark, taken from the east and west sides of the stem in a cryptic relic of sun-worship, is pulped with citron and maleguetta pepper for use in frictions for treating intercostal pains and pleurisy[
A decoction of leafy twigs is reputed to be febrifugal[
Traces of alkaloid have been recorded in the plant[
The heartwood is light brown to light red-brown with alternate light and dark veins, darkening upon exposure; it is not clearly demarcated from the 3 - 6cm wide band of sapwood. The texture is fine; the grain interlocked; there are small dark pith flecks. The wood is moderately heavy; soft; durable, being resistant to dry wood borers and termites, and moderately resistant to fungi. The wood is somewhat slow to season, with a slight risk of checking and distortion; once dry it is poorly stable in service. The wood works well with ordinary tools; it nails and screws well; gluing is correct. It is used for a wide range of purposes, including general construction, interior and exterior panelling and joinery, flooring, furniture, ship building and veneer[
The wood is used for fuel[
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