Monopetalanthus pellegrinii A.Chev.
Bikinia pellegrinii is a tree with a hemispherical crown; it can grow up to 50 metres tall. The straight, cylindrical bole can be free of branches for up to 30 metres; up to 200cm in diameter with broad buttresses around 1 metre high radiating out for up to 10 metres[
The tree is a source of 'Andoung' timber and is often harvested from the wild for local use and trade.
West tropical Africa - southern Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, DR Congo.
Canopy tree of primary evergreen rain-forest, growing in areas not subject to inundation; in small clusters of less than 10 mature trees; also in larger stands; at elevations up to 900 metres[
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|Pollinators||Hoverflies, Bees, Beetles
The plant favours areas with a mean annual rainfall of less than 2,200mm[
Sapwood creamy white in fresh, pink-brown to orange-brown in dry condition[
Together with the closely related B. Letestui, and probably confused with it, this species will be logged and sold as one of the 'Ekop Rouge' species from southern Cameroon.
The tree is a source of 'Andoung' timber[
]. We do not have any more specific information on the wood of this species, but a general description of angoung wood is as follows:-
The heartwood is pink-brown to red-brown; it is not clearly demarcated from the 5 - 15cm wide band of sapwood. The texture is medium; the grain interlocked. The wood is light in weight; soft to moderately hard; not very durable, being susceptible to fungi, dry wood borers and termites. It seasons somewhat slowly, with a high risk of distortion and a slight risk of checking; once dry it is moderately stable in service. It can be worked with ordinary tools, though the presence of interlocked grain can lead to tearing and there is a tendency to woolliness; nailing and screwing are good; gluing is correct. The wood is used in light construction, joinery, flooring, boxes and crates, furniture components; stairs, veneer etc[
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