Cistanthera holtzii Engl.
Cistanthera parvifolia M.B.Moss ex Milne-Redh.
Nesogordonia parvifolia (M.B.Moss ex Milne-Redh.) Capuron
Nesogordonia holtzii is a tree with a spreading crown; it can grow from 4.5 - 30 metres tall. The usually straight and cylindrical bole can be unbranched for two thirds of its length; it is slightly buttressed or fluted at the base, especially in older trees[
The wood is of good quality and is often harvested from the wild for local use. It is sold in local markets local markets and deserves wider use in the local furniture industry[
Tropical east Africa - southern Kenya, Tanzania, Madagascar.
Evergreen dry forest on coastal lowlands at elevations up to 500 metres[
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The heartwood is pale pink to brown; it is distinctly demarcated from the paler sapwood. The grain is straight; texture fine; wood surface is lustrous and greasy. The wood is moderately heavy, hard, tough, moderately durable but susceptible to pinhole borer, termite and marine borer attack. The timber should be dried slowly to avoid case-hardening; there is some tendency to warp. Once dry, it is stable in service. It works well with machine and hand tools and planes to a smooth surface; nailing and screwing properties are good, but pre-boring is recommended; gluing does not cause problems. The wood turns well, takes a good polish and can be painted and varnished without difficulty. It is moderately suitable for veneer production. It is used for poles and sawn timber in house building[
The wood is used for fuel and to make charcoal[
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