African Plant Database

Ptaeroxylon obliquum (Thunb.) Radlk.
Family : Ptaeroxylaceae
Information on the genus : Ptaeroxylon
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Kirkia lentiscoides Engl. (1902)
=Ptaeroxylon utile Eckl. & Zeyh. (1835)
=Harrisonia lentiscoides (Engl.) Boas
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Shrub or low-branching tree 1-16(-20) m tall, dioecious, mostly deciduous and usually flowering just before or when the new leaves appear; bole ± 30 cm Ø at breast height.
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Ecology : Dry evergreen Juniperus, Podocarpus forest and bushland; open woodland and scrub, especially in rocky places; also in the mistbelt of montane forests (where the tree reaches its greatest size); near sea-level-2000 m alt.
  Wood very beautiful, rose-red, darkening to golden brown; much sought-after (“Cape Mahogany”); contains an aromatic resin.
  NW Namibia, N Botswana, Swaziland, S. Africa (by Germishuizen & Meyer, Pl. south. Afr., Strelitzia 14: 851, 2003, placed in Rutaceae).

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Bothalia 3: 241 (1937).
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