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HERNANDIACEAE

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

HERNANDIACEAE

Gyrocarpus americanus Jacq. subsp. americanus
Syn. FTEA: NC.
Syn. TTCL: Gyrocarpus jacquinii Roxb.
Syn. other: NR.
Local names: Mbawa, Mbomba mweupe (Sw), Mwenkaa (S).
Bole: Straight. Small/medium. To 18 m.
Bark: Pale grey/yellow-brown/white. Smooth/scaly.
Slash: Pale yellow with green margin.
Leaf: Palmate, 3-lobed to simple. Whorled/alternate.
Petiole: 4 – 18 cm
Lamina: Medium/large. 4 – 25 × 2 – 22 cm. Ovate/palmate. Cuneate. Acuminate. Entire. Glabrous/hairy beneath.
Domatia: NR.
Glands: NR.
Stipules: Absent.
Thorns & Spines: Absent.
Flower: Scented. Terminal much branched cymes.
Fruit: Brown wings, hairy. 1.2 – 2 × 1.1 – 1.5 cm.
Ecology: Dry lowland and lowland forest. Secondary grassland.
Distr: C, EA. Old and New World Tropics.
Notes: NR.
Uses: The wood is white, soft and with less value than other species, but has been used to make canoes. The wood is used for firewood.
Last Updated: 17 June 2017