Tetrapterocarpon geayi is a deciduous tree; it can grow up to 12 metres tall. The bole can be up to 45cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of wood.
Africa - southwestern Madagascar.
Dry woodland and scrubland at elevations up to 300 metres. Locally frequent, it has been recorded on limestone, sand and basalt soils[
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The powdered root bark is applied as a plaster to wounds and sores[
]. A decoction of the root bark is gargled to treat toothache[
The heartwood is orange-red; the sapwood yellowish in a narrow band 15 - 20mm wide. The grain is slightly interlocked; texture fine. The wood is heavy and hard, with moderate shrinkage during drying. It is used for poles in house construction, carpentry and cart construction. It has been recorded to be in demand for the junction of outriggers to pirogues and for wheel axes of carts. The wood is suitable for luxury mosaic parquet flooring, heavy furniture and sliced veneer[
The wood is used for charcoal production[
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