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Microberlinia brazzavillensis - A.Chev.

Common Name Zingana
Family Fabaceae
USDA hardiness 10-12
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Coastal forest[338 ].
Range Western tropical Africa - Congo, Gabon.
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Weed Potential No
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Tender Moist Soil Full sun
Microberlinia brazzavillensis Zingana


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Summary

A large tree growing up to 45 m in height, Zingana or Microberlinia brazzavillensis is a specialty timber tree grown in Congo and Gabon in Africa. It has a straight and cylindrical bole that can be up to 150 cm in diameter, and short buttresses. It has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria which form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Its wood is highly durable and resistant to the attack of termites and wood rotting fungi. It is used for decorative veneers and turnery, tool handles, and ski manufacture. It is also known in other common names such as zebrano and allen ele.


Physical Characteristics

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Microberlinia brazzavillensis is an evergreen Tree growing to 35 m (114ft) by 30 m (98ft) at a fast rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 10.
It can fix Nitrogen.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid and neutral soils and can grow in saline soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil. The plant can tolerates strong winds but not maritime exposure.

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Edible Uses

None known

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

Other Uses The heartwood is pale yellow brown with narrow darker streaks, the striping pattern varies considerably; it is clearly demarcated from the white sapwood, which is up to 10cm wide[316 ]. The texture is medium to coarse; the grain usually wavy or interlocked; lustrous; an unpleasant odour disappearing upon drying[316 ]. The heartwood is durable and resistant to termite attack. The wood saws fairly well, although a clean smooth finish is sometimes difficult to obtain with machine or hand planing; it has good gluing properties, although veneers need careful handling to avoid cracking[316 ]. A speciality timber, it is used for decorative veneers and turnery; because of its high toughness it is also used in ski manufacture, tool handles etc[316 , 349 ].

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Cultivation details

This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria, these bacteria form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby[200 ].

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Propagation

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Other Names

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Zingana

Found In

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

Cameroon; Congo; Gabon

Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : Status: Vulnerable A1c

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Microberlinia bisulcataZinganaTree35.0 10-12 FLMNM004

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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