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OCTOKNEMATACEAE

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

OCTOKNEMATACEAE

Octoknema orientalis Mildbr.
Syn. FTEA: NC. [as Olacaceae]
Syn. TTCL: NC.
Syn. other: In Olacaceae in FTEA.
Local names: NR.
Bole: Medium/large. To 30 m.
Bark: NR.
Slash: NR.
Leaf: Simple. Alternate.
Petiole: 2 – 3 cm. Pulvinate.
Lamina: Medium. 12 – 21 × 5 – 10 cm. Elliptic/oblong lanceolate. Rounded. Acuminate. Entire. Glabrous/slightly hairy beneath. Stellate.
Domatia: NR.
Glands: NR.
Stipules: Absent.
Thorns & Spines: Absent.
Flower: Yellow-brown. Axillary spike. Dioecious.
Fruit: Oblong, ellipidsoidal. 1.5 × 0.8 cm (immature).
Ecology: Submontane forest.
Distr: EA only (Ng, Ma, Udz).
Notes: Sole Eastern African representative of a West African genus of five species.
Uses: Used for firewood, charcoal, spoons, stools and shade.
Last Updated: 18 June 2017