Cola rolandi-principis A.Chev.
Octolobus angustatus Hutch.
Sterculia spectabilis (Welw.) Roberty
Octolobus spectabilis is a shrub or a tree with spreading branches; it usually grows up to 10 metres tall, exceptionally to 15 metres. The cylindrical bole is up to 30cm in diameter, occasionally to 60cm; it is free of buttresses[
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine, source of wood and possibly also for food.
Tropical Africa - Sierra Leone to DR Congo and Tanzania, south to Angola.
Forest undergrowth, scattered but common in dry forest types. In Central Africa its habitats are dense humid semi-deciduous forest and gallery forest, at elevations from 525 - 1,000 metres[
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The solitary, yellow flowers can be either male or bisexual[
A highly variable species[
The seeds are said to be edible[
A maceration of the root bark is taken against sexual asthenia[
The yellowish-white wood usually has brownish necrosis in the centre. The texture is fine. The wood is heavy and rather hard. The stems are made into spear shafts[
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