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Tetraberlinia tubmaniana

J.LĂ©onard

Fabaceae

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General Information

Tetraberlinia tubmaniana is an evergreen, occasionally a shrub, but more commonly a tree with a rather open crown that can be more than 75 metres in diameter; it usually grows 9 - 30 metres tall, occasionally reaching 42 metres. The straight bole can be free of branches for 21 metres; 8 - 90cm in diameter, the base without buttresses but often somewhat swollen or with up to 50cm high root swellings[
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 its wood, which is used locally and also traded. The species is especially interesting for forestry because of the high densities in which it occurs. In old stands the exploitable timber per hectare can be as high as 70 cubic 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.
].
The plant is classified as 'Vulnerable' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2013)[
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Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
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Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
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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 - Liberia.

Habitat

Evergreen rain-forest at elevations up to 100 metres. A gregarious plant, only growing on flat to slightly undulate terrain with deep soils; the terrain should not be inundated nor have a high water-table[
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

Conservation StatusVulnerable
Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height26.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

A plant of the moist tropical lowlands, where it can be found at elevations up to 100 metres. It is found growing in areas with a mean annual rainfall in excess of 2,300mm, and a dry season of over 4 months[
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.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The heartwood is reddish-brown; the sapwood slightly pinkish pale brown. The wood shows distinct growth rings[
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 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 pinkish pale brown 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 for making canoes, 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.
]. It supplies an extraordinarily good pulp[
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

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