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PROTEACEAE

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

PROTEACEAE

Faurea delevoyi De Wild.
Syn. FTEA: NC.
Syn. TTCL: NR.
Syn. Other: Often confused with F. saligna Harv.
Local names: Mhenyi (H).
Bole: Medium. To 30 m.
Bark: Dark brown.
Slash: NR.
Leaf: Simple. Alternate.
Petiole: Sessile/very short.
Lamina: Medium. Up to 19 × 5 cm. Cuneate. Acute/mucronate. Entire. Glabrous/few hairs at base on lower surface.
Domatia: Absent.
Glands: Absent.
Stipules: Absent.
Thorns & Spines: Absent.
Flower: Pale yellow-green. Fragrant. Dense terminal spikes.
Fruit: NR.
Ecology: Riverine forest.
Distr: EA, LN. Central, South-central and Eastern Africa.
Notes: Sessile glossy bright green leaves usually more than 2.5 cm broad.
Uses: Timber, firewood, ornament and bee forage.
Faurea wentzeliana Engl.
Syn. FTEA: NC.
Syn. TTCL: NC.
Syn. Other: Formerly often confused with the woodland species F. saligna Harv.
Local names: Mhenyi (H).
Bole: Medium/large. To 35 m.
Bark: Dark brown/black. Scaling lightly.
Slash: Dark red with white lattice which is also impressed on underside of bark as pits. Thin. Hard. Fibrous. Wood yellow.
Leaf: Simple. Alternate.
Petiole: 1 – 1.5 cm.
Lamina: Medium. To 20 × 3.5 cm. Lanceolate/elliptic. Cuneate. Mucronate. Entire. Glabrous/a few hairs at lamina base when young.
Domatia: Absent.
Glands: Absent.
Stipules: Absent.
Thorns & Spines: Absent.
Flower: White/pale yellow. Terminal/axillary spikes 13 cm long. Hermaphrodite.
Fruit: Globose nut.
Ecology: Montane forest.
Distr: EA, N, LN. Central and Eastern Africa.
Notes: Bright green glossy leaves with undulate margins and red venation are distinctive. Leaves 4 times as long as broad.
Uses: The species is being utilized for timber, firewood, charcoal, poles, windbreaks, mulch, tannin, ornamental purposes, and bee forage.
Last Updated: 18 June 2017