Fagara becquetii G.C.C.Gilbert
Fagara consolatae Chiov.
Fagara usambarensis Engl.
Zanthoxylum becquetii (G.C.C.Gilbert) P.G.Waterman
Zanthoxylum usambarense is a shrub growing from 2 - 5 metres tall, or a tree usually growing up to 6 metres tall, but occasionally to 15 metres[
]. The bole is around 40cm in diameter and can be clear of branches for several metres. It is armed with spinose bosses[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of timber.
East tropical Africa - Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, eastern DR Congo, Zambia.
Wooded savannah; montane scrub forest; evergreen bushland or deciduous woodland on rocky slopes; marshy wooded places; sometimes secondary bushland following Podocarpus clearance at elevations from 1,200 - 2,600 metres[
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A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if seed is required.
The bark is used as an emetic and as a medicine to treat malaria and rheumatism[
The wood is used for timber, domestic utensils, bows, beehives, stools and grain mortars[
The wood can be used for fuel[
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