Weinmannia eriocarpa fruticulosa Pamp.
Weinmannia rutenbergii ranges in height from a small shrub that can be only 30cm tall up to a medium-sized tree that can reach 20 metres tall[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine, dye plant and source of wood. This is probably one of the most commonly exploited Weinmannia species in Madagascar for its wood[
Africa - Madagascar.
Evergreen forests ; land degraded by fire; scrub and grassland; at elevations up to 2,200 metres[
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This species has a remarkable ability to adapt to the damage caused by fire and the disappearance of the forest - in healthy humid forests it can be a tree up to 20 metres tall but when the forest is destroyed by fire, or in environments where fire recurs frequently, it can persist for perhaps 50 - 100 years with small shoots no more than 60cm tall growing from a large underground root system. If the right conditions return, then it can once more grow back into a tree form[
The bark and leaves of this and some other species are used in traditional medicine, especially as astringents and to treat headache[
Pieces of bark and wood of several Weinmannia species, probably including this one, have been used to prepare a reddish brown dye[
]. It should be noted that the identity of Weinmannia species in the literature is often uncertain because of misidentifications and confusion. This is a result of the many species present in Madagascar and difficulties in using identification keys[
The wood is heavy. It is used for many purposes including parquet flooring[
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