African Plant Database

Khaya senegalensis (Desr.) A. Juss.
Information on the genus : Khaya
Basionym : Swietenia senegalensis Desr.
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Swietenia senegalensis Desr.
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Tree 20-30 m, with short buttresses or such absent; bole often crooked, short, 3 m in girth, often divided at c. 6 m height into 2-3 large vertical limbs giving a widely spread rounded crown characteristic by its evergreen shining foliage.
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Ecology : Half-humid rain-forest with Detarium, Parinari, Erythrophleum and at their edges, around rice-fields; wooded savannas (moister zones); fringing forest; low-lying places beside streams; often on rocky places; light silty soils; to 915-1525 m alt.
  Grown as a shade and avenue tree. It is the most beautiful tall tree in the long dry season of the sahelo-guinean regions. Young twigs used as toothbrushes, peeled stem or root as chew-sticks.
  Cape Verde Isl. – Cultivated in S Somalia (S2, fide Thulin, Fl. Somal. 2: 236, 1999) and in Ethiopia (fide Wickens, Jebel Marra: 123, 1976). – Also in NW Gabon ? (cf. Sosef & al., Check-list pl. vascul. Gabon: 275, 2006; specim. Klaine 2836, P).

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Darbyshire, I. Kordofami, M. & al. (2015). The plants of Sudan and south Sudan, An annoted checklist. Kew Publishing

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Checklist Flow. Pl. Sub-Saharan Africa : 444 (2006).
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Record n°56853 modified 2007-04-17
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