This species has been listed as ‘Vulnerable’ in the IUCN Red List because of the large scale destruction of wet evergreen forest throughout its range; the. Descriptions and articles about the Azobe, scientifically known as Lophira alata in the Encyclopedia of Life. Includes Overview; Brief Summary; Distribution;. Summary. Found in Western tropical Africa, Niam Tree or Lophira alata is an extremely large tree growing usually about m tall. It has a long, narrow crown.
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It is suitable for joinery, interior trim, sporting goods, toys, novelties, agricultural implements, turnery and hardboard.
Please donate to Arkive Help us share the wonders of the natural world. In the Central African Republic, trees with a bole diameter of 15 cm have been found flowering, but only trees with a bole diameter of more than 50 cm flower annually.
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The timber is extremely hard and lkphira for railroad tiesgroynes and bridge planking. In a locality in Ghana, where exploitation for timber and poles was largely abandoned, Lophira alata reached a height of 6—8 m after 9 years, while the trees were in good health in spite of being shaded by 15—18 m tall umbrella trees. Sniffing the bark is used as a traditional treatment for headache.
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Trees of Lophira alata are felled at any time of the year as long as forest tracks are passable. Lophira alata is one of the species most widely exploited for its wood, in particular alxta Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon. This species is featured in: For more information on the conservation of threatened tree species and for advice on responsible timber buying, see:.
Other Uses An oil obtained from the seed is used as a hair oil and is also suitable aoata making soap[46 ].
The species is now partially protected in a number of conservation areas, but this is insufficient to ascertain that regeneration in exploited areas will be adequate to meet future demands. The heartwood is very durable, but sapwood and the transitional wood are only moderately durable.
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Young trees under four metres in height have greenish-grey bark, which becomes pink or light brown as the tree matures. Image credit Link to this image Add to scrapbook How you can use this image. Chalcone tetramers, lophirachalcone and alatachalcone, from Lophira alata as possible anti-tumor promoters.
It is used for heavy, durable construction work, harbour work such as jetties, heavy-duty flooring, parquet flooring, railroad crossties[, ].
BoxYaounde, Cameroon. Inflorescence a lax, terminal panicle, glabrous. Lophira alata Banks ex P. Found in wet evergreen forest, moist deciduous forest, freshwater swamp forest and gallery forestazobe is a pioneer species, able to colonise open and disturbed areas, such as ,ophira edges, clearings, the sides of roads and rivers, and even savannas and abandoned cultivated areas 1 2 7.
Common scarlet-darter Crocothemis erythraea. New leaves may start unfolding immediately after leaf-fall or even before leaf-fall is complete. Flowering occurs in adult trees with trunks over 50 centimetres in diameter, and takes place from oophira time the new leaves appear.
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Embed this Arkive thumbnail link “portlet” by copying and pasting the code below. Lopihra prefers moist soil. Inflorescence The reproductive shoot of a plant which bears a group or cluster of flowers. In Cameroon, Gabon and Congo, bark decoctions are taken or applied as enema against menstrual problems, beginning hernia and stomach problems.
Lophira alata is characteristic of dense humid evergreen forest at low altitudes, but it is occasionally found up to m altitude, e. Smartphone users quickly have information on a plant directly for the pfaf.