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: NR.
Syn. other: NR.
Local names: Mututtu (Ga).
Bole: Straight/buttressed/fluted. Large. To 45 m.
Bark: Grey/brown. Rough. Fissured/flaking in strips.
Slash: Yellow/brown. Granular. Mottled.
Leaf: Simple. Alternate.
Petiole: 0.2 – 0.8 cm.
Lamina: Medium. (5 -) 7.5 – 28 (- 40) × (2 -) 4 – 8 (- 10) cm. Ovate/elliptic/oblong-lanceolate. Cuneate. Acuminate. Entire. Glabrous.
Stipules: Very long. Linear. 5 – 15 (- 20) cm. Falling.
Thorns & Spines: Spines up to 2.5 cm long on trunk.
Flower: White/pink. Axillary/terminal panicles.
Fruit: Globose. Ribbed. (3 -) 4 – 5 cm long. (3 -) 6 – 8 cm wide.
Ecology: Groundwater, lowland forest.
Distr: LV. Uganda, West and Central Africa.
Notes: Fallen stipules beneath the tree. Falling fruits are dangerous.
Uses: The wood is hard and a good timber for carpentry. It is also used for firewood, charcoal, poles and tool handles. The tree is used for shade and amenity.