Like other Afzelia spp., the wood of Afzelia africana is characterized by an excellent stability with little susceptibility to variations in humidity. Afzelia africana is a medium to large deciduous tree up to 40 m high. It is mostly used for its high-grade timber but has good potential to provide. Benin; Burkina Faso; Cameroon; Central African Republic; Chad; Congo; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Côte d’Ivoire; Ghana; Guinea; Guinea-Bissau;.

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arzelia Afzelia africana is found on a wide variety of soil types, often on hardpans of calcareous, sandy or ferralitic soils, on steep slopes, as well as in depressions and in regularly inundated sites. Fruit – raw[ ]. It is advised to add ash to the containers to reduce insect damage.

Once this critical period has passed, young trees may grow up to 1 m per year in height. It can grow in depressions prone to regular flooding but also on steep slopes on a wide variety of soils ranging from sandy to ferralitic as well as calcareous ones. Because of its good resistance to many chemical products and great dimensional stability, it is often preferred to materials like metals and synthetics for vats and precision equipment in industrial applications.

Afzelia africana

Views Read View source View history. The presence of a cyanogenic compound may explain the reputed toxicity of the seeds. In a study with type II diabetic patients in Nigeria, it was shown that the incorporation of Afzelia africana seeds in the diet had hypolipidemic effects.


Bark decoctions and macerations are administered in the treatment of constipation, fever, vomiting, oedema, tachycardia, hypertension, bronchitis, lung complaints and bleedings during pregnancy, and as anodyne, diuretic, galactagogue and aphrodisiac. The seedlings are also susceptible to drought. Kaempferol and its glycosides have antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory activities.

This species has been considered vulnerable due to the pressure put by wood exploitation IUCN, This page was last edited on 10 Novemberat Please view the copyright link for more information. This is often a result of regular burning of the vegetation and high predation of seedlings by animals.

Afzelia africana is a medium to large deciduous tree up to 40 m high.

Afzelia africana – Useful Tropical Plants

The wood saws easily when good equipment is used; it contains little silica less than 0. Articles needing additional references from September All articles needing additional references Articles with ‘species’ microformats Commons category link is on Wikidata Taxonomy articles created by Polbot All stub articles. Roots, bark, leaves and fruits are used in traditional medicine.

However, in many countries where high pressure exists on Afzelia africana for fodder, it is becoming threatened, e. Engineering, AugustKyoto, Japan. Sowing is usually done in pots. Fruits take about 6 months to ripen after flowering.


The plant is used in local medicine for general pain relief; treating digestive problems such as constipation and aricana and for internal bleedings haemorrhagic [ ].

Fruit preparations are taken to treat lung complaints and as aphrodisiac. Afzelia african a has poor regeneration rate because of fires, and of predation of seedlings by animals. Fodder potential and acceptability of selected tree leaves by goats. Tests with goats did not show adverse effects. To leave a comment please Register or login here All comments need to be approved so will not appear immediately.

Afzelia comprises about 11 species, 7 of which occur in tropical Africa and 4 in South-East Asia. Take the Green Pledge. The seeds germinated even when the outer seed coat was completely covered with fungi[ ]. Leaf decoctions and macerations are taken or applied externally against dysmenorrhoea, epilepsy, oedema, migraine, stomach-ache, asthenia, trypanosomiasis and as anodyne.

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Behaviour of goats, sheep and cattle on natural pasture in the sub-humid zone of West Africa. Afzelia africana Plant List: For thick boards more than 7. The fruit requires 6 months to ripen.

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