Pterygota alata K.Schum.
Pterygota schumanniana Engl.
Pterygota mildbraedii is a deciduous tree with an open crown and heavy, spreading branches; it can grow from 30 - 60 metres tall. The bole can be branchless for most of its height, from 90 - 200cm in diameter and with stout buttresses that can be 2 - 3 metres high[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use of its wood, which is traded in local markets. It is planted as an ornamental avenue tree and also to provide shade[
Tropical Africa - Nigeria, Burundi, eastern DR Congo, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, ?Zambia.
Mesophile riverine and gallery forests; mountain secondary forests; at elevations up to 1,200 metres[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
In north-western Katanga (DR Congo), where the mean average annual temperature is 24°c, with mean maxima of 30.5°c and mean minima of 17°c; with about 1,500mm mean annual rainfall and a dry season of 4 months; it is a common tree in climax vegetation on red alluvial soil, in association with Klainedoxa gabonensis, but is very rare on base-rich volcanic soils[
A fast-growing tree[
Trees may be managed by pollarding and coppicing[
The tree's fast growth and small crown makes it suitable for planting in mixed stands[
No specific information on the wood properties is available, but Pterygota wood is generally medium-weight, moderately hard, and not durable, though it can be easily treated with preservatives. The wood is used for beer vessels[
The wood is used for fuel and to make charcoal[
Seed - germinates readily and no seed treatment is needed[
Wildlings may also be used for planting[
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