Nauclea diderrichii

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Nauclea diderrichii
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Gentianales
Family: Rubiaceae
Genus: Nauclea
Species: N. diderrichii
Binomial name
Nauclea diderrichii
(De Wild. & T.Durand) Merrill

Nauclea diderrichii is a species of tree of the Nauclea genus in the Rubiaceae family. It is known by the common names bilinga, aloma, badi, kusia and opepe.

Description[edit]

Nauclea diderrichii is found in Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, the Republic of the Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Ghana, Liberia, Mozambique, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Uganda. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests. It grows to around 35m to 48m tall, and 1m to 2m in diameter at breast height. It is threatened by habitat loss.[1]

Uses[edit]

The timber is known as bilinga, or aloma in Germany and opepe in the UK. It is hard, dense and resistant to fungi and insects, and is used in joinery, flooring and marine construction.[2][3][4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b African Regional Workshop (Conservation & Sustainable Management of Trees, Zimbabwe) 1998. Nauclea diderrichii. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 22 August 2007
  2. ^ CIRAD (2012-03-26). "BILINGA" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-06-17. Retrieved 2013-05-11. 
  3. ^ "Opepe - The Wood Database". www.wood-database.com. 
  4. ^ "Wood Species Database: Opepe - TRADA". www.trada.co.uk. 

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