Octoknema affinis A.Chev.
Octoknema borealis is a tree with a dense crown consisting of long branches; it can grow up to 30 metres tall. The straight, cylindrical or slightly uneven bole is up to 60cm in diameter with buttresses[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of wood.
West tropical Africa - Guinea to Ghana.
Evergreen and semi-deciduous forests, especially on moister slopes[
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Octoknema borealis regenerates in the shade; it is classified as a shade bearer[
A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required[
The pulverized bark is rubbed on the skin as a treatment for feve[
]r. The bark is steeped in cold water and the resulting infusion is drunk to cure cough[
The heartwood is yellow to pale brown; it is not distinctly demarcated from the sapwood. The wood has a glossy lustre and an evil smell when freshly cut. It is fairly hard and strong, of medium weight and fairly durable. It cuts easily, but has a tendency to pick up on planing; it can be finished to a smooth surface. The wood is used locally, mainly for making frames in the construction of huts and for the reinforcement of the mudwalls[
The wood is used as firewood[
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