Calycandra pinnata Lepr. ex A.Rich.
Common Name: Bush Mango
Cordyla pinnata is an attractive, compact, deciduous tree with a very leafy, hemispherical crown and a straight, cylindrical bole[
]. It grows 10 - 20 metres tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild and used locally to supply food and medicine[
Western Tropical Africa - Senegal to Nigeria.
Dry forest on alluvium; cultivated ground; sandy soils; fine gravels; wooded savannah[
A plant of hot, dry, tropical climates[
Flowers are produced on one-year old wood[
This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria, these bacteria form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby[
The pulp in the seedpod is eaten raw[
]. A sweet flavour but somewhat astringent[
Various parts of the plant are used medicinally[
We have no specific information for this species, but the wood of Cordyla species is generally yellowish, durable and suitable for general carpentry, joinery and plywood[
]. Trunks of large, old, hollow trees are prized for making drums and dug-out canoes[
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