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Guibourtia pellegriana - J.L'onard

Common Name Akume, Bubinga, Waka
Family Fabaceae
USDA hardiness 10-12
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Sometimes abundant in forests with Berlinia tomentosa, Saccoglottis gabonensis[328 ].
Range West tropical Africa - southern Nigeria, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo, western DR Congo
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Weed Potential No
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Tender Moist Soil Full sun
Guibourtia pellegriana Akume, Bubinga, Waka


Guibourtia pellegriana Akume, Bubinga, Waka

 

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Summary

Guibourtia pellegriana is a usually 30 m tall tree with a straight and cylindrical buttressed bole of up to 40 cm in diameter. It is commonly found in west tropical Africa. The wood is very decorative and of high quality. It is used for high grade furniture, cabinet work, flooring, stairs, heavy carpentry, panelling, joinery, railway sleepers, etc.


Physical Characteristics

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Guibourtia pellegriana is an evergreen Tree growing to 25 m (82ft) by 20 m (65ft) at a slow rate.
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 10. The flowers are pollinated by Insects.
It can fix Nitrogen.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Guibourtia coleosperma Heitz

Habitats

Edible Uses

None known

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

Furniture  Wood

Other Uses: The heartwood is a pink or reddish brown with some fine, purplish-red veins and some brown veins; it is clearly demarcated from the 2 - 8cm wide band of sapwood. The texture is medium; the grain straight or interlocked, sometimes wavy. The wood is heavy to very heavy; hard to very hard; moderately to very elastic; durable, being resistant to fungi, dry wood borers and termites. It seasons slowly, with a high risk of checking and distortion; once dry it is poorly stable in service. The wood has a high blunting effect - stellite-tipped and tungsten carbide tools are recommended; care is needed when working with interlocked grains; nailing and screwing are good, but require pre-boring; gluing is correct for internal purposes only and needs to be done with care because the wood is dry and smooth. The wood is very decorative and is often used for veneers, it is also used to make high class furniture, cabinet work, turnery, flooring, stairs, heavy carpentry, joinery, panelling, railway sleepers etc[848 ].

Special Uses

Nitrogen Fixer

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Cultivation details

Not known

References   Carbon Farming Information and Carbon Sequestration Information

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Propagation

Seed

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Akume, Bubinga, Essingang, Kevazingo, Kevazingu, Ovang, Waka

Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : This taxon has not yet been assessed

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Guibourtia tessmanniiBubinga, KevazingoTree50.0 10-12 SLMHNM004

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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