Piptadenia erlangeri Harms
Newtonia erlangeri is a tree with a spreading crown; it can grow 6 - 20 metres tall[
The tree is a much favoured source of wood for making charcoal and so it is very commonly harvested from the wild. It is also used locally as a timber and for medicinal purposes.
This species is commonly targeted for charcoal burning because it is considered to be one of the best trees for this purpose. Trees are also logged for their timber and there has been a loss of habitat across the species' range because of expanding agricultural activities. Populations have been greatly decreased and the plant is classified as 'Endangered' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2011)[
East tropical Africa - southern Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania.
Riverine woodland; semi-evergreen bushland; ground-water forest; Euphorbia bushland and thickets; at elevations around 50 metres[
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A bark decoction is taken for treatment of tympanites[
Its wood is used for house building[
The wood is highly valued as a source of charcoal[
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