Guarea laurentii De Wild.
Trichilia guentheri Harms
Trichilia reygaertii De Wild.
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[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its high quality timber, which is used locally and also exported.
Tropical Africa - Nigeria, Cameroon, southern Central African Republic. Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo, DR Congo.
An understory tree in primary rainforest, occurring at elevations from sea-level up to 900 metres, but most
commonly found between 350 - 900 metres[
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Plants can flower and produce fruit all year round[
A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required[
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[
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