Bersama mossambicensis Sim
Pseudobersama mossambicensis is an evergreen shrub or a tree; it can grow up to 20 metres tall[
]. The bole size is unusually small[
The plant is little used locally, but is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use of its wood. The tree provides a good shade[
East tropical Africa - Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and northeastern S. Africa.
Lowland coastal forest, where it is often found in the understorey of moist forest types and in forest margins; at elevations from sea-level up to 300 metres[
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The plant can start flowering whilst still a shrub only 2 - 4 metres tall[
A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required[
Cytotoxic 7-hydroxy sterols have been isolated from the twigs and leaves. They showed toxicity against P-388 murine leukaemia cells, and some of them exhibited significant DNA-damaging activity[
The white wood is light in weight but durable. It is used for poles in local house building and as a general purpose timber[
The wood is used as fuelwood and for making charcoal[
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