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Useful Tropical Plants

Microberlinia bisulcata

A.Chev.

Fabaceae

+ Synonyms

Berlinia bifurcata (A.Chev.) Troupin

Berlinia bisulcata (A.Chev.) Troupin

Common Name: Zingana

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General Information

Zingana is a large tree that can grow up to 40 metres tall. The straight, cylindrical bole can be free of branches for up to 20 metres, and 60 - 100cm in diameter[
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Title
The Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa.
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Author
Burkil. H. M.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
1985 - 2004
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Description
Brief descriptions and details of the uses of over 4,000 plants. A superb, if terse, resource, it is also available electronically on the Web - see http://www.aluka.org/
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IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
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http://www.iucnredlist.org/
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848
Title
Tropix 7
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Website
http://tropix.cirad.fr/en
Publisher
CIRAD
Year
0
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Description
An on-line guide to the timbers of 245 species of trees.
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The tree is exploited commercially from the wild for its valuable timber[
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Title
Global Tree Campaign - 40 Species in Trade
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Website
http://www.unep-wcmc.org/trees/trade/40_species_in_trade.htm
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Year
0
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Description
Information on the habitats, uses and some cultivation notes for 40 species of timber trees.
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Large-scale habitat decline (caused by clearance for agriculture), coupled with exploitation of the tree for timber, have caused population declines and the tree is listed as 'Critically Endangered' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2009)[
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IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
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http://www.iucnredlist.org/
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Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Western tropical Africa - Cameroon.

Habitat

Occurs in lowland rainforest areas, usually on sandy soils in flat areas[
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http://www.iucnredlist.org/
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Properties

Conservation StatusCritically Endangered
Other Uses Rating *  *  *  *
HabitTree
Height30.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

A plant of the lowland moist tropics[
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http://www.iucnredlist.org/
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Prefers a sandy soil[
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IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
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http://www.iucnredlist.org/
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This is an ectomycorrhizal species and is efficient in phosphorus recycling[
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Title
Global Tree Campaign - 40 Species in Trade
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.unep-wcmc.org/trees/trade/40_species_in_trade.htm
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Information on the habitats, uses and some cultivation notes for 40 species of timber trees.
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Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The heartwood is a yellow-brown to light brown, with dark brown veins; it is clearly demarcated from the 6 - 10cm wide band of sapwood. The texture is coarse; the grain interlocked, sometimes highly interlocked. The wood is moderately heavy to heavy; moderately hard; moderately durable, being resistant to dry wood borers and moderately resistant to fungi and termites. It seasons slowly, with a high risk of checking and distortion; once dry it is moderately stable in service. The wood works well with ordinary sawteeth, but there is a risk of tearing due to the highly interlocked grain - tungsten carbide cutting tools are recommended; nailing and screwing are good, but require pre-boring; gluing is correct. A valuable timber species, often with dark and light streaks, it is used in turnery, high class furniture and cabinet making as well as for tool handles, wood-ware, interior panelling and veneer[
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Title
Global Tree Campaign - 40 Species in Trade
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.unep-wcmc.org/trees/trade/40_species_in_trade.htm
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Information on the habitats, uses and some cultivation notes for 40 species of timber trees.
,
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.
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Propagation

Seed -

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