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Guibourtia copallifera - Benn.

Common Name Kobo Tree, Sierra Leone gum copal
Family Fabaceae
USDA hardiness 10-12
Known Hazards None known
Habitats In nearly pure stands on mountain slopes; torrent sides; on sandstone; flooded valleys[328 ].
Range Western tropical Africa - Guinea-Bissau to Cote D'Ivoire.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Tender Moist Soil Full sun
Guibourtia copallifera Kobo Tree, Sierra Leone gum copal


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Guibourtia copallifera Kobo Tree, Sierra Leone gum copal
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Guibourtia copallifera is an evergreen Tree growing to 20 m (65ft) by 15 m (49ft) at a slow rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 10. The flowers are pollinated by Insects.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: acid and neutral soils and can grow in very acid soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Copaifera copallifera (Benn.) Milne-Redh. Copaifera copallina Baill. Copaifera guibourtiana Benn. Copaiva copallifera (Benn.) Kuntze Copaiva guibourtiana Lyons

Habitats

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal Uses

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The resin obtained from the tree is used for medicinal purposes[317 ]. The bark and leaves are also used medicinally[317 ].

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Other Uses

The tree is a source of Sierra Leone copal, used in varnishes[46 , 317 ]. Copal is a hard resin, obtained from various tropical trees, that is used to make varnish[K ]. The wood has some resemblance to rosewood[316 ]. The heartwood is pink, vivid red, or red-brown with purple streaks or veins, on exposure becomes yellow or medium brown with a reddish tint[316 ]. The sapwood is whitish and clearly demarcated[316 ]. The texture is fine and even, the grain straight or interlocked, lustrous, sometimes highly figured[316 ]. It has an unpleasant odour when first cut which disappears on drying[316 ]. Though quite hard and heavy it works, saws, and planes rather well and produces a good finish, glues well[316 ]. The heartwood has good durability and is resistant to termite attack[316 ]. It is a good wood for turning, and is used to make fine furniture and cabinetwork, decorative veneers, fancy turnery, inlay work[316 ].

Cultivation details

Industrial Crop: Hydrocarbon  Industrial Crop: Medicinal  Management: Standard  Regional Crop

Although many species within the family Fabaceae have a symbiotic relationship with soil bacteria, this species is said to be devoid of such a relationship and therefore does not fix atmospheric nitrogen[755 ].

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Propagation

Seed

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Gum-copal; true gum-copal; red gum; yellow gum; ‘gun copper’, pau ferro, pó de fero, kaki, mélamberi, u séra, é untu, yuntu, melámberi, bu mana, copalier; copalier de Guinea

Found In

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

Burkina Faso; Côte d'Ivoire; Guinea; Guinea-Bissau; Liberia; Mali; Senegal; Sierra Leone

Weed Potential

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None Known

Conservation Status

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

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