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SALVADORACEAE

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

SALVADORACEAE

Dobera loranthifolia (Warb.) Warb. ex Harms
Syn. FTEA: NC.
Syn. TTCL: D. glabra (Forssk.) DC. var. subcoriacea Engl. & Gilg, D. glabra sensu Brenan
Syn. other: NR.
Local names: Msiga (Sw).
Bole: Branched. Small. To 15 m.
Bark: Black/pale grey. Flaky/fissured/smooth.
Slash: NR.
Leaf: Entire. Opposite.
Petiole: 0.4 – 0.5cm.
Lamina: Small/medium. 1 – 9 × 1 – 4 cm. Elliptic. Cuneate. Acute/obtuse/slightly apiculate. Entire. Glabrous.
Domatia: Absent.
Glands: NR.
Stipules: Absent.
Thorns & Spines: Absent.
Flower: Green/white. Axillary/terminal panicles.
Fruit: Ellipsoid drupe.1 – 1.4 × 0.7 – 1 cm.
Ecology: Dry lowland forest. Woodland.
Distr: C, EA. Eastern Tropical Africa.
Notes: NR.
Uses: The wood is used for firewood, charcoal, grain mortars, spoons, tooth-brushes and utensils. The tree is used for shade, amenity and soil conservation.
Last Updated: 19 June 2017