Field Guide to the Moist Forest Trees of Tanzania
Jon C. Lovett, Chris K. Ruffo, Roy E. Gereau & James R.D. Taplin
Illustrations by Line Sørensen & Jilly Lovett
Syn. FTEA: NC.
Syn. TTCL: A. laurina R. Br.
Syn. other: Formerly included in Rhizophoraceae.
Local names: Msaa-mti (S).
Bole: Straight. Large. To 45 m.
Bark: Pale grey/brown. Smooth/rough.
Slash: Red/brown with thin vertical lines and white edge. Granular. Hard.
Leaf: Simple. Alternate.
Lamina: Small/medium. Leaves of two different sizes. 2 – 7.5 × 0.5 – 3.5 cm. Elliptic. Cuneate. Acute/acuminate. Entire. Hairy when young/glabrous.
Thorns & Spines: Absent.
Flower: Spikes up to 4 cm long.
Ecology: Submontane forest.
Distr: EA only.
Uses: The hard wood is used for timber, building poles, tool handles, firewood and charcoal. The twigs are used as toothbrushes. Roots are used by the WaShambaa for the treatment of kidney problems.