Copaiba coleosperma (Benth.) Kuntze
Copaifera coleosperma Benth.
Copaiva coleosperma (Benth.) Britton
Common Name: Rhodesian Mahogany
Guibourtia coleosperma is an almost evergreen tree with a somewhat rounded, drooping crown; it can grow 12 - 30 metres tall. The grooved, slightly buttressed bole can be unbranched for 8 - 13 metres and 55 - 65cm or more in diameter[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of wood.
Tropical Africa - Angola, southern DR Congo, Zambia, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe.
Open forest with Isoberlinia, Brachystegia; in pure stands here and there; almost confined to deep Kalahari sand; at elevations from 750 - 1,400 metres[
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Found in the wild almost exclusively on deep sandy soils[
Although many species within the family Fabaceae have a symbiotic relationship with soil bacteria, this species is said to be devoid of such a relationship and therefore does not fix atmospheric nitrogen[
Seed - cooked[
]. Traditionally, they are baked in hot ashes and then pounded - although they can be eaten at this stage, it is more common to mix them with water to form a paste and then cook them again[
Fruit - cooked[
]. The fruit (actually a fleshy aril) is easily removed from the seed by soaking for a few minutes in warm water. The arils are used to make a soup[
The bark is valued for the treatment of skin ailments and wound healing. It is normally pounded and then applied as a paste to the affected area[
The reddish-pink heartwood is attractive and fine-grained. The wood is hard and heavy and is used for furniture, knife handles and for various other purposes[
]. It is used for panelling, parquet flooring, cabinet making etc[
]. The large burs of old trees are used to make table tops[
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