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


Brachylaena huillensis O. Hoffm.
Syn. FTEA: NC.
Syn. TTCL: B. hutchinsii Hutch.
Syn. other: NR.
Local names: Mhuhu, Mkarambaki (Sw).
Bole: Fluted. Small/medium/large. To 30 m.
Bark: Pale brown/grey. Fibrous/fissured. Flaking in strips.
Slash: Yellow/woody with fine layers, discolouring brown.
Leaf: Simple. Alternate. Leaves crowded at ends of twigs.
Petiole: 0.2 – 1.4 cm.
Lamina: Small/medium. 3 – 10 × 1 – 3 cm. Oblong/lanceolate/elliptic. Cuneate. Acute/mucronate. Entire/serrate. Glabrous above/hairy below.
Domatia: NR.
Glands: NR.
Stipules: Absent.
Thorns & Spines: Absent.
Flower: White. Axillary or terminal panicles of capitula. Dioecious.
Fruit: Nut.
Ecology: Dry lowland and dry montane forest. Woodland. Thicket.
Distr: C, EA. Eastern and Southern Africa.
Notes: NR.
Uses: The wood is used for timber, carvings, flooring strips, building poles, firewood, transmission poles and an extract for aromatic oil for perfumery. Roots are used as medicine for schistosomiasis and leaves for diabetes.
Last Updated: 16 June 2017