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Useful Tropical Plants

Leplaea laurentii

(De Wild.) E.J.M.Koenen & J.J.de Wilde

Meliaceae

+ Synonyms

Guarea laurentii De Wild.

Trichilia guentheri Harms

Trichilia reygaertii De Wild.

Common Name:

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General Information

Leplaea laurentii is a tree that usually grows around 20 metres tall, though can range from 10 - 30 metres. The straight, cylindrical bole can be up to 40cm in diameter, sometimes with low buttresses[
886
Title
A taxonomic revision of the reinstated genus Leplaea and the newly recognized genus Neoguarea
Publication
Plant Ecology and Evolution 145 (2): 209-241, 2012
Author
Koenen E.J.M.; de Wilde J.J.F.E.
Website
http://dx.doi.org/10.5091/plecevo.2012.656
Publisher
The Royal Botanical Society; Belgium.
Year
2012
ISBN
2032-3913
Description
A review of the genus Guarea in Africa, it excludes all the African species from that genus, placing the majority of them in Leplaea and one in Neoguarea. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].
The tree is harvested from the wild for its high quality timber, which is used locally and also exported.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

886
Title
A taxonomic revision of the reinstated genus Leplaea and the newly recognized genus Neoguarea
Publication
Plant Ecology and Evolution 145 (2): 209-241, 2012
Author
Koenen E.J.M.; de Wilde J.J.F.E.
Website
http://dx.doi.org/10.5091/plecevo.2012.656
Publisher
The Royal Botanical Society; Belgium.
Year
2012
ISBN
2032-3913
Description
A review of the genus Guarea in Africa, it excludes all the African species from that genus, placing the majority of them in Leplaea and one in Neoguarea. It can be downloaded from the Internet.

Range

Tropical Africa - Nigeria, Cameroon, southern Central African Republic. Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo, DR Congo.

Habitat

An understory tree in primary rainforest, occurring at elevations from sea-level up to 900 metres, but most
commonly found between 350 - 900 metres[
886
Title
A taxonomic revision of the reinstated genus Leplaea and the newly recognized genus Neoguarea
Publication
Plant Ecology and Evolution 145 (2): 209-241, 2012
Author
Koenen E.J.M.; de Wilde J.J.F.E.
Website
http://dx.doi.org/10.5091/plecevo.2012.656
Publisher
The Royal Botanical Society; Belgium.
Year
2012
ISBN
2032-3913
Description
A review of the genus Guarea in Africa, it excludes all the African species from that genus, placing the majority of them in Leplaea and one in Neoguarea. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitTree
Height20.00 m
Self-fertileNo
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



Plants can flower and produce fruit all year round[
886
Title
A taxonomic revision of the reinstated genus Leplaea and the newly recognized genus Neoguarea
Publication
Plant Ecology and Evolution 145 (2): 209-241, 2012
Author
Koenen E.J.M.; de Wilde J.J.F.E.
Website
http://dx.doi.org/10.5091/plecevo.2012.656
Publisher
The Royal Botanical Society; Belgium.
Year
2012
ISBN
2032-3913
Description
A review of the genus Guarea in Africa, it excludes all the African species from that genus, placing the majority of them in Leplaea and one in Neoguarea. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].
A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required[
886
Title
A taxonomic revision of the reinstated genus Leplaea and the newly recognized genus Neoguarea
Publication
Plant Ecology and Evolution 145 (2): 209-241, 2012
Author
Koenen E.J.M.; de Wilde J.J.F.E.
Website
http://dx.doi.org/10.5091/plecevo.2012.656
Publisher
The Royal Botanical Society; Belgium.
Year
2012
ISBN
2032-3913
Description
A review of the genus Guarea in Africa, it excludes all the African species from that genus, placing the majority of them in Leplaea and one in Neoguarea. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The heartwood is pinky-brown; it is clearly demarcated from the 5 - 10cm wide band of sapwood. The texture is fine; the grain interlocked; the aspect is slightly moiré. The wood is light; moderately hard; durable, being resistant to fungi and dry wood borers but susceptible to termites. It seasons fairly quickly with only a slight risk of checking or distortion; once dry it is stable in service. The wood has a fairly high blunting effect, stellite-tipped and tungsten carbide tools are recommended; nailing and screwing are good; gluing is correct. A high quality timber, it is used for many purposes including high class furniture, cabinet making, cigar boxes, panelling, joinery, flooring, light carpentry, veneer[
848
Title
Tropix 7
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://tropix.cirad.fr/en
Publisher
CIRAD
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An on-line guide to the timbers of 245 species of trees.
].

Propagation

Seed -
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