African Plant Database

Curtisia dentata (Burm. f.) C.A. Sm.
Family : Cornaceae
Protologue : Journ. S. Afr. For. Assoc., No. 20, 34, in obs., 50 (1951)
Information on the genus : Curtisia
Basionym : Sideroxylon dentatum Burm. f.
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Sideroxylon dentatum Burm. f.
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Curtisia faginea Aiton (1789)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Shrub or tree, evergreen, 6-13-20 m tall; twigs densely covered with a rusty tomentum when young, becoming dark purplish brown and finally greyish and ± glabrous.
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Ecology : Evergreen forest; montane forest; stream gullies; coastal scrub forest; 0-2300 m alt.
  Wood very hard but elastic, reddish, fine-grained, used for tool handles, etc. Once heavily exploited; bark (also twigs and leaves) used for tanning. Important in traditional medicine. Coppicing rapid, which is important for the survival of the tree.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Exell, A. & Wild, H. (1978). Flora Zambesiaca: Mozambique, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, Bechuanaland Protectorate. London Kew 4: 635,637

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Mem. Bot. Surv. South Africa : 592 (1966).
  • Gen. Gram. : 709 (1986).
  • Trees Natal, Zululand & Transkei : 384 (1993).
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