The entries for plant uses in [
] and [
] are for Pterocelastrus variabilis Sond. We believe they should be attributed to this species.
Gymnosporia nyasica Burtt Davy & Hutch.
Pterocelastrus rehmannii Davison
Pterocelastrus variabilis Auct
Mature tree growing at Little Eden in De Tweedespruit conservancy, Gauteng
Photograph by: JMK
Pterocelastrus echinatus is a shrub or small tree growing from 0.3 - 18 metres tall. The bole is 30 - 60cm in diameter[
The tree is used locally as a source of resin, fuel and timber.
Southeast Africa - Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, S. Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho.
Evergreen forest; on rocky slopes; scrub forest; edges of montane rain-forest[
]. Montane or submontane evergreen forest and on rocky slopes, at elevations from 600 - 2,400 metres[
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The leaves are a source of tannins[
The bark contains tannic acid[
The wood, and especially the roots, are permeated with a kind of resin. This resin is used by local people as a cement for items such as attaching spear heads to the shafts[
The pink to red wood is compact and has a handsome close grain[
]. It is heavy, hard and moderately durable[
]. It is used for schamels and other wagonwood, for posts etc[
]. It would answer well for turnery, cabinet making etc[
An excellent firewood, burning readily because of the resin it contains[
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