A very polymorphic species, it has at times been treated as a number of distinct species though modern treatments usually merge them all under this name[
Monodora hirsuta Peter
Monodora somalensis Chiov.
Monodora stocksii Sprague
Monodora veithii Engl. & Diels
Monodora grandidieri varies in habit from a shrub growing 1.5 metres or more tall, to a small tree that can be up to 12 metres tall[
]. It is usually much-branched, and occasionally adopts a somewhat climbing habit[
The wood is used locally to make small items and as a fuel. The tree is suitable as an ornamental because of its sweet-scented flowers[
Eastern tropical Africa - Somalia, south to Zambia and Mozambique.
Evergreen forest, on coral, also rain-forest, evergreen thickets and bushland, Brachystegia, Julbernardia thickets, wooded grassland; at elevations from sea level to 900 metres[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
The wood is light, straight grained and flexible[
]. It is used for building poles, tool handles, wooden spoons, bows, spear handles and carriage beams[
The wood is used for fuel[
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