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Useful Tropical Plants

Octolobus spectabilis

Welw.

Malvaceae

+ Synonyms

Cola rolandi-principis A.Chev.

Octolobus angustatus Hutch.

Sterculia spectabilis (Welw.) Roberty

Common Name:

Octolobus spectabilis
Leaves
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General Information

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[
299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
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Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
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Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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610
Title
Flora of Tropical East Africa
Publication
 
Author
Beentje H.J.
Website
http://plants.jstor.org/search?st=396814
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
2002
ISBN
 
Description
Available on-line, a modern flora of East Africa.
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The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine, source of wood and possibly also for food.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

610
Title
Flora of Tropical East Africa
Publication
 
Author
Beentje H.J.
Website
http://plants.jstor.org/search?st=396814
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
2002
ISBN
 
Description
Available on-line, a modern flora of East Africa.

Range

Tropical Africa - Sierra Leone to DR Congo and Tanzania, south to Angola.

Habitat

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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Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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Website
http://www.prota.org
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Year
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ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
,
328
Title
African Flowering Plants Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.ville-ge.ch/musinfo/bd/cjb/africa/recherche.php
Publisher
Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques.
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Contains information on over 150,000 plant names (including synonyms) giving a description and habitat, plus a distribution map.
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Properties

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HabitTree
Height8.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



The solitary, yellow flowers can be either male or bisexual[
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A highly variable species[
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Edible Uses

The seeds are said to be edible[
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Medicinal

A maceration of the root bark is taken against sexual asthenia[
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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Other Uses

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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Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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http://www.prota.org
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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Propagation

Seed -

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