Ferolia subcordata (Oliv.) Kuntze
Parinari subcordata Oliv.
Parinari congensis is an evergreen tree with a wide-spreading, rounded crown; it can grow 20 - 30 metres tall[
]. The irregular bole is short and crooked, 80 - 100cm in diameter. It is usually slightly buttressed at the base, though in flooded forests in the Congo the buttresses can be up to 5 metres high[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine, food and source of wood.
West tropical Africa - Sierra Leone to Central African Republic, south to northern Angola and DR Congo.
A characteristic species of swamp forest and flooded forest, occurring on sandy river banks (water level variations from 2 - 5 metres), lake sides always near water; fringing forest in savannah areas[
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Fruit - raw[
]. The ellipsoid fruit is up to 20mm × 25mm × 40mm long[
The bark is purgative[
]. It is used in the treatment of conditions such as dysentery and leprosy[
The orange-brown wood is hard and said to be resistant to termites[
]. It is used in traditional buildings as hut posts, rafters and poles[
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