Piptadenia aubrevillei Pellegr.
Newtonia aubrevillei is a tree; it can grow 20 - 33 metres tall. The bole is often short, it can be straight or tortuous, around 40 - 90cm in diameter, with large thin flanging buttresses at the base or steep butt flares up to 6 metres high, these sometimes spreading to form surface roots[
It is a medium-sized tree with an often short and irregular bole. It is occasionally felled for its brown, moderately heavy timber, e.g. In Sierra Leone and Gabon, but is generally too scarce to be important[
West tropical Africa - Sierra Leone to Cote D'Ivoire.
Dense, humid, evergreen forest, usually fringing; swamp forest; secondary forest; at elevations from 350 - 1,000 metres[
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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[
The bark is used as an aphrodisiac[
The slash of the tree has the odour of old cheese, is fibrous and exudes a sticky, honey-coloured, clear gum[
The brown wood is hard, moderately heavy, difficult to work, and the grain tends to twist. It is used to make planks and canoes[
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