Brachystegia klainei Pierre ex Harms
Librevillea klainei is occasionally shrub-like, but is more commonly a tree with a large, much-branched crown; it can grow from 12 - 50 metres tall. The cylindrical bole is sometimes curved, it can be up to 120cm in diameter with thin buttresses up to 2 metres high[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use of its wood.
West tropical Africa - southern Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo, DR Congo, northern Angola.
Lowland rainforest, where it is usually found scattered. It seems to be most abundant on sandy soils in swampy areas[
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Seedlings may be quite abundant in the forest[
The average wood volume in Gabon has been estimated at 0.65 cubic metres per hectare[
The heartwood is yellowish brown to reddish brown with darker streaks; it is indistinctly demarcated from the sapwood. The texture is moderately coarse. The wood is heavy, very hard. The rates of shrinkage upon air drying are high. The wood is fairly resistant to splitting. It is suitable for heavy construction and flooring[
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