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Useful Tropical Plants

Isoberlinia doka

Craib & Stapf

Fabaceae

+ Synonyms

Berlinia chevalieri De Wild.

Berlinia doka (Craib & Stapf) Baker f.

Berlinia kerstingii Harms

Common Name:

Isoberlinia doka
Tree growing in open woodland
Photograph by: Marco Schmidt
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Isoberlinia doka Isoberlinia doka

General Information

Isoberlinia doka is an evergreen tree with a flat, spreading crown; it can grow from 10 - 20 metres tall. The straight bole can be free of branches for up to 5 metres, 40 - 60cm in diameter and often hollow, especially in older trees. Sometimes, especially in Cameroon, the plant can be an undershrub no more than 20 - 40cm tall in forests[
328
Title
African Flowering Plants Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.ville-ge.ch/musinfo/bd/cjb/africa/recherche.php
Publisher
Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques.
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Contains information on over 150,000 plant names (including synonyms) giving a description and habitat, plus a distribution map.
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1309
Title
The Leguminosae; A Source Book of Characteristics, Uses and Nodulation
Publication
 
Author
Allen O.N.; Allen E.K.
Publisher
University of Wisconsin
Year
1981
ISBN
0-333-32221-5
Description
An amazing and comprehensive work, giving a brief guide to the many genera of the family Fabaceae and also the principle uses of the genus.
].
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a source of wood and soap. It is probavly suitable for use as a pioneer species when restoring native woodland.
Although commonly exploited for its wood, the population of this species is believed to be stable at present. The plant is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2013)[
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Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
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Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Tropical Africa - Mali and Cote D'Ivoire east to Sudan and Uganda.

Habitat

Deciduous woodland; tall grass savannah; always in stands; forming beautiful open forests; often with Isoberlinia tomentosa, Burkea africana, Prosopis africana, Uapaca somon, Monotes kerstingii; growing in sandy, lateritic, rocky soils[
328
Title
African Flowering Plants Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.ville-ge.ch/musinfo/bd/cjb/africa/recherche.php
Publisher
Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques.
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Contains information on over 150,000 plant names (including synonyms) giving a description and habitat, plus a distribution map.
].

Properties

Conservation StatusLeast Concern
Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height15.00 m
PollinatorsInsects
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Agroforestry Uses:

At present the exploitation levels of this tree for its wood do not seem to affect the population trends of this species, which is described as being able to colonize clearings and abandoned lands very quickly[
338
Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
]. This comment suggests that the plant would be very suitable for use as a pioneer species when restoring native woodland, and also possibly when establishing a woodland garden[
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Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
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Other Uses

The ashes of the burnt wood are rich in potash and are used in making soap[
338
Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
].

The pinkish, open-grained, non-durable wood is used for timber, small carpentry etc[
338
Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
,
1309
Title
The Leguminosae; A Source Book of Characteristics, Uses and Nodulation
Publication
 
Author
Allen O.N.; Allen E.K.
Publisher
University of Wisconsin
Year
1981
ISBN
0-333-32221-5
Description
An amazing and comprehensive work, giving a brief guide to the many genera of the family Fabaceae and also the principle uses of the genus.
].
The wood is used for fuel[
1309
Title
The Leguminosae; A Source Book of Characteristics, Uses and Nodulation
Publication
 
Author
Allen O.N.; Allen E.K.
Publisher
University of Wisconsin
Year
1981
ISBN
0-333-32221-5
Description
An amazing and comprehensive work, giving a brief guide to the many genera of the family Fabaceae and also the principle uses of the genus.
]

Propagation

Seed -
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