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Useful Tropical Plants

Tetraberlinia polyphylla

(Harms) J.LĂ©onard

Fabaceae

+ Synonyms

Berlinia polyphylla Harms

Julbernardia polyphylla (Harms) Troupin

Michelsonia polyphylla (Harms) Hauman

Common Name:

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General Information

Tetraberlinia polyphylla is a tree that can grow from 10 - 30 metres tall, occasionally to 40 metres. The straight, fairly cylindrical bole can be free of branches for up to 20 metres, up to 70cm or more in diameter, sometimes with small feet at the base[
896
Title
Monopetalanthus exit. A systematic study of Aphanocalyx, Bikinia, Icuria, Michelsonia and Tetraberlinia
Publication
Wageningen Agricultural University Papers 99-4
Author
Wieringa J.J.
Publisher
Wageningen University; Holland
Year
1999
ISBN
90-5808-121-4
Description
A university thesis, it is a revision of the genus Monopetalanthus and related genera with a very good description of the species, including known uses.
].
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of wood.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

896
Title
Monopetalanthus exit. A systematic study of Aphanocalyx, Bikinia, Icuria, Michelsonia and Tetraberlinia
Publication
Wageningen Agricultural University Papers 99-4
Author
Wieringa J.J.
Publisher
Wageningen University; Holland
Year
1999
ISBN
90-5808-121-4
Description
A university thesis, it is a revision of the genus Monopetalanthus and related genera with a very good description of the species, including known uses.

Range

West tropical Africa - Equatorial Guinea, Gabon. Congo.

Habitat

Evergreen rain-forest in areas not subject to inundation, and in riverine forest with seasonal inundations; not typically gregarious; at elevations up to 250 metres[
896
Title
Monopetalanthus exit. A systematic study of Aphanocalyx, Bikinia, Icuria, Michelsonia and Tetraberlinia
Publication
Wageningen Agricultural University Papers 99-4
Author
Wieringa J.J.
Publisher
Wageningen University; Holland
Year
1999
ISBN
90-5808-121-4
Description
A university thesis, it is a revision of the genus Monopetalanthus and related genera with a very good description of the species, including known uses.
].

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitTree
Height23.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The bark is used as a treatment for worms[
896
Title
Monopetalanthus exit. A systematic study of Aphanocalyx, Bikinia, Icuria, Michelsonia and Tetraberlinia
Publication
Wageningen Agricultural University Papers 99-4
Author
Wieringa J.J.
Publisher
Wageningen University; Holland
Year
1999
ISBN
90-5808-121-4
Description
A university thesis, it is a revision of the genus Monopetalanthus and related genera with a very good description of the species, including known uses.
].

Other Uses

The sapwood is a creamy white, becoming pale, pinkish brown upon exposure[
896
Title
Monopetalanthus exit. A systematic study of Aphanocalyx, Bikinia, Icuria, Michelsonia and Tetraberlinia
Publication
Wageningen Agricultural University Papers 99-4
Author
Wieringa J.J.
Publisher
Wageningen University; Holland
Year
1999
ISBN
90-5808-121-4
Description
A university thesis, it is a revision of the genus Monopetalanthus and related genera with a very good description of the species, including known uses.
]. It is used in carpentry[
896
Title
Monopetalanthus exit. A systematic study of Aphanocalyx, Bikinia, Icuria, Michelsonia and Tetraberlinia
Publication
Wageningen Agricultural University Papers 99-4
Author
Wieringa J.J.
Publisher
Wageningen University; Holland
Year
1999
ISBN
90-5808-121-4
Description
A university thesis, it is a revision of the genus Monopetalanthus and related genera with a very good description of the species, including known uses.
].
The wood of this species should have about the same properties as that of Tetraberlinia bifoliolata[
896
Title
Monopetalanthus exit. A systematic study of Aphanocalyx, Bikinia, Icuria, Michelsonia and Tetraberlinia
Publication
Wageningen Agricultural University Papers 99-4
Author
Wieringa J.J.
Publisher
Wageningen University; Holland
Year
1999
ISBN
90-5808-121-4
Description
A university thesis, it is a revision of the genus Monopetalanthus and related genera with a very good description of the species, including known uses.
]. These properties are as follows:-
The heartwood is pinkish-brown to dark brown; it is not clearly demarcated from the 2 - 12cm wide band of white to yellowish sapwood that becomes pink to yellowish as it dries. The texture is medium; the grain straight or interlocked; there are distinct growth rings. The wood is light to moderately heavy, soft to moderately hard, not very durable, having some resistance to fungi but susceptible to dry wood borers and termites. The wood seasons somewhat slowly, with a high risk of checking and distortion; once dry it is moderately stable in service. The wood can be worked with ordinary tools, though there is a risk of grain tearing in the presence of interlocked grain - a reduced cutting angle is recommended; nailing and screwing are poor; gluing is correct. The wood has many potentials, it is used in local construction and is suitable for joinery, parquetry, light carpentry, panelling, boxes and crates, veneer, plywood etc[
848
Title
Tropix 7
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://tropix.cirad.fr/en
Publisher
CIRAD
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An on-line guide to the timbers of 245 species of trees.
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896
Title
Monopetalanthus exit. A systematic study of Aphanocalyx, Bikinia, Icuria, Michelsonia and Tetraberlinia
Publication
Wageningen Agricultural University Papers 99-4
Author
Wieringa J.J.
Publisher
Wageningen University; Holland
Year
1999
ISBN
90-5808-121-4
Description
A university thesis, it is a revision of the genus Monopetalanthus and related genera with a very good description of the species, including known uses.
].

Propagation

Seed -
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