This species has been listed as ‘Vulnerable’ in the IUCN Red List because of the large scale destruction of wet evergreen forest throughout its range; the. Descriptions and articles about the Azobe, scientifically known as Lophira alata in the Encyclopedia of Life. Includes Overview; Brief Summary; Distribution;. Summary. Found in Western tropical Africa, Niam Tree or Lophira alata is an extremely large tree growing usually about m tall. It has a long, narrow crown.

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The wood has excellent mechanical properties, being both flexible and resistant to bending and very resistant to shocks and abrasion. Rodents of Unusual Size. The fruits can be used to make an edible oil[ ]. Between the sapwood and the heartwood there is a 5—10 cm thick layer of transitional wood which is intermediate in colour. Young trees under four metres in height have greenish-grey bark, which becomes pink or light brown as the tree matures.

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Its hardness a,ata not affected by acids. Ring weeding is required to avoid competition for water, nutrients and light, and when plants are well established, more complete weedings can be carried out. We are currently updating this section.

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Seeds are collected from under mother trees; bark for medicinal purposes is normally harvested with a machete. Trees are fairly resistant to fire as long as the damage is limited to one side only. They are also taken against kidney pain and toothache. Flowering occurs in adult trees with trunks over 50 centimetres in diameter, and takes place from the time the new leaves appear.

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To improve growth in the nursery, it is recommended to add soil from under an established tree to the substrate to ensure development of mycorrhizal fungi[ ]. It is resistant to acids and has good weathering properties. Plants For A Future have a number of books available in paperback and digital form. However, transplanting younger plants is possible.


To leave a comment please Alatq or login here All comments need to be approved so will not appear immediately. Sapwood The living, soft wood between the bark of a tree and its inner, non-living heartwood. Tree factsheet – Lophira alata January, http: Young plants respond well to initial light shade, e. The timber is extremely hard and used for railroad tiesgroynes and bridge planking.

Lophira is restricted to tropical Africa and comprises 2 species with an ecologically distinct distribution: BoxYaounde, Cameroon. In Liberia and Congo the leaves are used in the treatment of leprosy, and in Liberia the seeds are sometimes used similarly.

Oil-based paints chip easily. Research on the genetics of the species and the selection of plants which are more tolerant to drought could favour its plantation on a wider scale. Evergreen moist rain-forest at elevations of – 1, metres[ ]. The wood of Lophira lanceolatawhich is pinkish with a red heart, is available in much smaller dimensions, but may have similar uses, especially for mine props, railway sleepers and mortars, as fuelwood and for charcoal production.

A tradable volume of Our new book to be released soon is Edible Shrubs. Image credit Link to this image Add to scrapbook How you can use this image. One of them was identified as lophirachalcone. While in natural forest growth can be fast for young trees in full sunlight, growth slows down immediately when competition with other species occurs.

Once dry, the wood is very unstable in service.

It is normally processed by sawing, and is not suitable for peeling or slicing for veneer. Young trees under four metres in height have greenish-grey bark, which becomes pink or light brown as the tree matures 2.

The grain is usually interlocked, texture variable to coarse. Don Lophira barteri Tiegh. Accessed 13 November Team WILD, an elite squadron of science superheroes, needs your help! It is estimated that is takes years for a tree to reach a girth of 2. When preservation is needed, wood should be scarified immediately after sawing and just before treatment under pressure.

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This page was last edited on 7 Octoberat This species is featured in: Eastern redbud Cercis canadensis.

In the alaat plantlets are spaced at 10—15 cm, and have to be exposed to full sunlight soon. You can translate the content of this page by selecting a language in the select box. Flinders Ranges worm-lizard Aprasia pseudopulchella. Precautions should be taken to protect the young plants as they are sensitive to sun-scald and can dry out quickly.

It occurs in the savanna areas north of the area of distribution of Lophira alataand in areas where they occur side by side it is possible that the two species are utilized interchangeably.

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Plant Resources of Tropical Africa Introduction. Although common and widespread in Cameroon, where it regenerates well 1 7azobe is under threat in other parts of its range as a result of large-scale forest destruction and over-exploitation for its timber 1which is popular for heavy construction work, harbour works and railway sleepers 2 3 7.

It has large buttresses at the base. It is most common in coastal areas, less so inland; in DR Congo it occurs from the western borders to the central basin of the river Congo. Please view the copyright link for more information. Resistance of dry wood to attack by Lyctus and other insects is good, although attacks to sapwood have been reported.