Crossonephelis africanus (Radlk.) Leenh.
Crossonephelis oblongus Capuron ex Fouilloy
Melanodiscus africanus Radlk.
Melanodiscus oblongus Radlk. ex Taub.
Glenniea africana is a deciduous shrub or a tree with a spreading crown; it can grow up to 24 metres tall, though is more likely to be within the range 7 - 15 metres. The bole is crooked, branching from low down, up to 45cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and source of wood.
Tropical Africa - Ghana to Cameroon; Sudan to Kenya and south to Mozambique and Swaziland.
Lowland, dry submontane and riverine forest, thickets[
]. Closed forest, wet evergreen forest, riparian forest and bushland; lowland rain-forest and wooded ravines at elevations up to 2,000 metres[
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A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required[
Fruit - raw[
]. A fleshy pulp[
]. The orange, ovoid, berry is around 20mm long and 25mm wide[
The wood is hard and heavy[
]. It is used for poles, tool handles, spoons[
The wood is used for fuel and to make charcoal[
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