This is a very variable plant in shape, size and leaf texture; it has often not been properly recognised and has thus acquired a large number of synonyms[
Pseudospondias luxurians A.Chev.
Trichoscypha albiflora Engl.
Trichoscypha chevalieri Aubrév. & Pellegr.
Trichoscypha coriacea Engl. & Brehmer
Trichoscypha diversifoliolata Van der Veken
Trichoscypha ealensis Van der Veken
Trichoscypha kwangoensis Van der Veken
Trichoscypha ledermannii Engl. & Brehmer
Trichoscypha liketensis Van der Veken
Trichoscypha oba Aubrév. & Pellegr.
Trichoscypha pallidiflora Engl. & Brehmer
Trichoscypha parvifoliolata Van der Veken
Trichoscypha rhoifolia Engl. & Brehmer
Trichoscypha silveirana Exell & Mendonça
Trichoscypha submontana Van der Veken
Trichoscypha ulugurensis Mildbr.
Trichoscypha volubilis Van der Veken
Trichoscypha yapoensis Aubrév. & Pellegr.
Trichoscypha lucens is an evergreen shrub or a tree that can grow from 5 - 25 metres tall. The bole can be 15 - 35cm in diameter, sometimes with buttresses. Occasionally the plant adopts a scrambling or climbing habit with a much more slender stem 3 - 7cm in diameter[
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of wood.
It is believed that the leaves of this tree can cause an allergic rash when touched. So people are advised not to keep this tree near their homes[
Tropical Africa - Guinea to Central African Republic, Uganda and Kenya, south to Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
Rain-forest; forest gallery; evergreen forest; forest relics on sandy soil; swampy forests; dry secondary forest; regrowth; bush with Dissotis leonensis; at elevations from 5 - 2,000 metres[
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Fruit - raw[
]. The pulp is sweet when ripe and is sometimes eaten[
]. The fruit is an ovoid drupe 15 - 20mm long, 10 - 15mm in diameter with red hairs[
The plant (part not specified) is used in the treatment of costal pains and stiff-neck[
The bark exudes a dirty orange-yellow resin with an aromatic smell[
The wood is strong, tough and durable. It is used for making canoes, tool handles, knife and sword sheaths and is sawn into planks[
]. The wood is carved into fetish masks[
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