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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Datasheet Description Click on the “Nutritional aspects” tab for recommendations for ruminants, pigs, poultry, rabbits, horses, fish and crustaceans. Litterature about the use of afzelia africana afezlia for poultry is extremely scarce. Some caution is advised because the seed is poisonous[ ].

Contribution of browse to ruminant nutrition across three agro-ecological zones of Burkina Faso. Plants For A Future have a number africaan books available in paperback and digital form. Plants can tolerate occasional inundation of the soil[ ]. The crude protein content xfricana the foliage decreases significantly from the late dry season to the cool season.

In year-old plantations, trees attained an average height of 16 m and a mean annual diameter growth of 0. Afzelia africana does not seem to be in immediate danger because it occurs widespread in a wide range of habitats.

The available research results show interesting leads for the aczelia of new drugs, and additional research is strongly recommended. The fleshy pulp in the seedpod, surrounding the seeds, has a sweet flavour[]. Afzelia Africana provides shade and shelter to hunters that wait for wildlife. The seeds are being investigated for their usefulness in providing seed flour and seed oil[ ]. Performance of growing rabbits fed diets containing raw, roasted and re-roasted Afzelia Africana seed meal.


Leaves Afzelia africana leaves are largely used to feed ruminants cattle, sheep and goats in the Sahelian and other semi-dry parts of Africa see Ruminants section. The fruits, particularly the fleshy pulp in the seedpod or the aril, and leaves are edible. An infusion of the bark is used as a treatment against paralysis, and a decoction against constipation. It deserves more research, especially on its genetic diversity and breeding for superior characteristics. Afzelia comprises about 11 species, 7 of which occur in tropical Africa and 4 in South-East Asia.

The depth of sowing is important for germination. It has been considered a principal component of the semi-dry forest that once covered large parts of the region from southern Senegal to Guinea. Retrieved 19 January Afzelia africana shows a wide adaptation to climatological conditions, but is most common in areas with an annual rainfall of more than mm.

The oil is semi-drying, needs little purification and has a long shelf-life. By using our services, you agree to our use of cookies. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.

Take the Green Pledge. Bark ash is applied externally to treat lumbago and bark powder to wounds and swellings. The sapwood is susceptible to Lyctus attack. A decoction of the stem bark is used in the treatment of malaria and rheumatism[ ].

The heartwood is orange-brown to golden brown, becoming red-brown upon prolonged exposure, sometimes with darker streaks. Afzelia africana medicinal values include: Afzelia africana Smith ex Persoon dans le Nord-Cameroun. Engineering, AugustKyoto, Japan. To prevent predation and fires, the seeds zfzelia be sown in nurseries either in pots or in holes 40 cm in diameter and 40 cm depth.

Afzelia africana

Latitudinal variation in the woody species diversity of afzelia africana africaha. Afzelia africana can grow to m in height in forests and to m africanaa savannah Orwa et al. The white or yellow substance, afzelin, which is present in the vessels of the wood, can cause it to stain textiles and other materials that come into contact with it when damp. Effect of feeding some West African browse foliages on growth and carcass composition in sheep.


Please view the copyright link for more information. Seedlings are very sensitive to fire, browsing and drought. However, it should not be used in contact with textiles under more humid conditions because of the presence of colorants. Linoleic acid is the predominant fatty acid. In a cafeteria trial with several browse tree species, Afzelia africana was the most preferred foliage by goats, in relation with its highest CP content and lowest phytate content and extremely low condensed tannins content Okunade et al.

For more information about QR Codes click here. Seeds poisonous, with a sweet edible aril[ ]. Trop Anim Health Prod. The nutritive value of the foliage seems to justify the high preference as a source of forage in agrosilvopastoral systems.

But curiously no information seems available in the international literature October on their utilisation in rabbit feeding. Tests with goats arricana not show adverse effects.

Afzelia africana – Useful Tropical Plants

Afzdlia open forest and savanna, boles with a diameter of 70— cm are usually not longer than 4 m and yield 1. Moreover in most conditions the leaves are available during the dry season when other forages are rare Ikhimioya et al, Several other flavonoids have been isolated from the wood. Africanaa Read View source View history. The wood is light in weight and soft according to some reports, whilst others say that it is hard and heavy.