African Plant Database


Pericopsis elata (Harms) Meeuwen
Family : FABACEAE
Information on the genus : Pericopsis
Basionym : Afrormosia elata Harms
 
 
Status
Status for TA : accepted (present)
 
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Afrormosia elata Harms (1913)
 
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Tree 30-50 m; bole straight cylindrical, free to 18-30 m hight, 1,3 m Ø ant 2-3 m in grith, buttressed; bark smooth, greyish brown, flaking off in thin pieces leaving bright red-brown patches; branches massive, spreading; crown flat-topped;
Ecology : Tall rain-forest, locally common or gregarious; to c. 500 m alt.
  Cultivated in W Uganda - the main source of afrormosia wood.
  Easily distinguished from P. angolensis by its acuminate leaflets, and its ecology. Can be confused with Distemonanthus benthamianus (Caesalpiniaceae) with similar type of bark and similar leaves, but presence of stipels in Pericopsis.

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Bull. Jard. Bot. État 32: 216 (1962)
 
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Map
carte afrique num 70530
 
Record n°70530
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