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Useful Tropical Plants

Guibourtia tessmannii

(Harms) J.LĂ©onard

Fabaceae

+ Synonyms

Common Name:

Guibourtia tessmannii
Flowering branch
Photograph by: Ehoarn Bidault
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Guibourtia tessmannii Guibourtia tessmannii Guibourtia tessmannii

General Information

Guibourtia tessmannii is a large tree that can probably grow more than 65 metres tall. The straight, cylindrical bole becomes sinuous towards the top, it can be 90 - 200cm in diameter with thin, irregular, high buttresses[
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Title
African Flowering Plants Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.ville-ge.ch/musinfo/bd/cjb/africa/recherche.php
Publisher
Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques.
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0
ISBN
 
Description
Contains information on over 150,000 plant names (including synonyms) giving a description and habitat, plus a distribution map.
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The tree is harvested from the wild for its high quality wood, which is often exported.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

West tropical Africa - southern Nigeria, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo.

Habitat

Scattered but relatively abundant in Aucoumea, Sacoglottis forest; Maranthaceae forest; growing on firm ground[
328
Title
African Flowering Plants Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.ville-ge.ch/musinfo/bd/cjb/africa/recherche.php
Publisher
Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques.
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Contains information on over 150,000 plant names (including synonyms) giving a description and habitat, plus a distribution map.
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Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *  *  *
HabitTree
Height50.00 m
PollinatorsInsects
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The heartwood is a pink or reddish brown with some fine, purplish-red veins and some brown veins; it is clearly demarcated from the 2 - 8cm wide band of sapwood. The texture is medium; the grain straight or interlocked, sometimes wavy. The wood is heavy to very heavy; hard to very hard; moderately to very elastic; durable, being resistant to fungi, dry wood borers and termites. It seasons slowly, with a high risk of checking and distortion; once dry it is poorly stable in service. The wood has a high blunting effect - stellite-tipped and tungsten carbide tools are recommended; care is needed when working with interlocked grains; nailing and screwing are good, but require pre-boring; gluing is correct for internal purposes only and needs to be done with care because the wood is dry and smooth. The wood is very decorative and is often used for veneers, it is also used to make high class furniture, cabinet work, turnery, flooring, stairs, heavy carpentry, joinery, panelling, railway sleepers etc[
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Title
Tropix 7
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://tropix.cirad.fr/en
Publisher
CIRAD
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An on-line guide to the timbers of 245 species of trees.
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Propagation

Seed -
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