Cylicodiscus battiscombei Baker f.
Cylicodiscus paucijugus (Harms) Verdc.
Piptadenia paucijuga Harms
Newtonia paucijuga is a tree that can grow up to 35 metres tall[
]. The usually straight and cylindrical bole can be branchless for up to 12 metres, it is up to 100cm in diameter and is usually free from buttresses[
The tree yields a good quality wood and so is commonly harvested from the wild, both for local use and for trade.
Although fairly common in places, the tree has a restricted range; being only found in Kenya and Tanzania, where it grows in pockets of moist coastal forest. The plant is classified as 'Vulnerable' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2011)[
East tropical Africa - southern Kenya, Tanzania, northern Mozambique.
Secondary forest, lowland moist evergreen forest and riverine forest, less often in dry evergreen forest, at elevations up to 500 metres[
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The heartwood is pinkish brown to reddish brown, often with darker stripes or ripple marks; it is distinctly demarcated from the cream-coloured, 2.5 - 5cm wide band of sapwood. The grain is wavy or interlocked, texture fine to moderately coarse, even or slightly uneven. The wood is moderately heavy; moderately durable - showing moderate resistance to termite attack, but susceptible to powder-post beetle and marine borer attacks. In tests it showed excellent resistance against white and brown rot fungi. It saws and works well, both with hand and machine tools; planing is difficult because of the presence of interlocked grai; pre-boring is recommended before nailing and screwing, but the wood holds nails well; painting and varnishing do not cause problems. It can be used for veneer production, but drying of the veneer may cause considerable splitting. The wood is suitable for construction, flooring, joinery, furniture, interior trim, toys, novelties, boxes, crates, turnery, veneer, plywood, hardboard, particle board and pulpwood. It is traditionally used for the construction of dhows and canoes[
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