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CORNACEAE

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

CORNACEAE

Cornus volkensii Harms
Syn. FTEA: Afrocrania volkensii (Harms) Hutch.
Syn. TTCL: Afrocrania volkensii (Harms) Hutch.
Syn. other: NR.
Local names: Mnyandege(S), Msese (H).
Bole: Straight. Small/large. To 25 m.
Bark: Grey/black. Granular.
Slash: Pale yellow/brown with darker streaks.
Leaf: Simple. Opposite.
Petiole: Up to 2 cm long. Channelled.
Lamina: Medium. 5 – 17.5 × 2.5 – 6.3 cm. Cuneate. Acuminate. Entire. Hairy/glabrous. Simple.
Domatia: Present. Tufts of hairs.
Glands: Absent.
Stipules: Absent.
Thorns & Spines: Absent.
Flower: Green-yellow. In dense infloresences. Dioecious.
Fruit: Purple-black. Ellipsoid drupe.
Ecology: Montane forest.
Distr: EA, N, LN. East Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Tropical Africa.
Notes: NR.
Uses: The wood is used for timber, wooden spoons, drums, water troughs, firewood and handles for bill-hooks. The tree is used for shade, avenues, and for planting on swampy areas in higher altitudes. Leaves are used as a poultice for boils by the WaHehe.
Last Updated: 16 June 2017