Strombosia minor Engl.
Strombosia toroensis S.Moore
A massive specimen, with lots of lianas climbing into it - but it is also under threat from a strangling fig (Ficus craterostoma) growing on it and sending down aerial roots
Photograph by: Bart Wursten
Strombosia scheffleri is an evergreen tree usually growing 15 - 35 metres tall, with some specimens to 40 metres. The bole, which is slightly buttressed, can be 50cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its wood, which is used locally as a timber and fuel.
Tropical Africa - Nigeria to Kenya, south to Angola, Zimbabwe, Mozambique.
Lowland rain-forest with Chrysophyllum albidum, Cola gigantea, Erythrophleum suaveolens, Alstonia boonei, Parinari excelsa, Milicia excelsa. Sometimes dominant as a canopy tree in (sub-)montane and fringing forests[
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The red or white wood is very hard and dense[
]. It is used for sleepers, bridges, furniture, and flooring strips, tool handles, stools, spoons and grain mortars[
The wood is used for firewood and making charcoal[
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