African Plant Database

Oldfieldia africana Benth. & Hook. f.
Family : Euphorbiaceae
Protologue : Hook. Kew Journ. ii: 185. (1850)
Information on the genus : Oldfieldia
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Dioecious tree to 36 m or more, with straight bole 20 m high and 4,8 m in girth, 1,2 m Ø; base with heavy root swellings or swollen root spurs, extending in spreading surface roots; thick heavy buttresses to 1 m high are only occasionally found;
Ecology : Evergreen- and moist semi-deciduous forest; occasionally in secondary forest; scattered or in small groups.
  One of the first trees from the African coast to have been exploited (logging, 18th century). - African Oak, African Teack. Confusion possible with Vitex (Verbenaceae/Lamiaceae) or Ricinodendron (Euphorbiaceae). Cameroon?

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Checklist Flow. Pl. Sub-Saharan Africa : 290 (2006).
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see under Flore d'Afrique Centrale
see under The International Plant Name Index
see under African Plants - a Photo Guide
carte afrique num 108170
Record n°108170
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