galpinii Burtt Davy
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Places where this species can be found :
- Jagbo (Chinfoyiri) Sacred Grove - NSBPGHANA
- Sinsanbligbini Forest Reserve - NSBPGHANA
InterestThe pale brown sapwood is wide in younger trees while the heartwood is pale brown with an even medium texture. Large planks can be obtained from the trunk (old trees in good condition will yield up to 2.5 m3) and sawlogs can also be obtained from the crown. The heartwood is heavy (800 kg/m3), moderately durable, and of good quality for woodworking, being tough and resilient but not hard. It cuts and seasons well and is suitable for general joinery, such as furniture. An excellent finish is obtained just with waxes and oils. The wood has also been used as a mining timber, for fencing, and in waggon construction (Timberlake et al. 1999, Wickens et al. 1995). The inner bark fibres have been used for making winnowing trays.
Other NotesCommon names: Zimbabwe: Nkotokua (Zezuru), S. Africa :Monkey thorn (English); Apiesdoring (Afrikaans). Species characteristics : A tall graceful tree that can reach 36 m with a rounded crown and with stem diameters over a meter, this species is the biggest of all the African Acacia species. It occurs in woodland and bushland, often as a riverine tree where it is conspicous by its large size. Found in a wide variety of soils from sandy loams to clay soils. The wood is heavy and suitable as a general purpose timber for construction and furniture. It provides good firewood. Common at middle altitudes, it reaches low altitudes at its most northerly range in Tanzania. Distribution: Botswana (Chobe, Central, Ngamiland, Northern); Kenya (Nairobi); Malawi (Rumphi, Mangochi, Chikwawa, Maimba); Mozambique (Tete, Zambezia); South Africa (Transvaal, Baltimore, Rustenburg); Tanzania (Iringa, Morogoro, Kilosa, Kilwa); Zambia (Southern, Western, Copperbelt, Luapula, Sesheke, Broken Hill, Masabuka); Zimbabwe (Binga, Gwanda, Beitbridge, Hwange, Guruve, Gweru, Gokwe, Hurungwe, Nyamandhlovu, Chiredzi, Bulawayo, Matobo, Marondera, Bikita, Mwenezi, Mutoko, Darwin, Bubi, Bulilima-Mangwe, Harare, Mutare, Masvingo, Shurugwi, Makonde, Mazowe, Lomagundi, Bindura, Umzingwane, Matopus, Belingwe). Specimen total: 232 Degree squares: 58 Collection years: 1867-1996 Phenology: Flowering period: Mar(2), Apr(1), May(2), Aug(6), Sep(23), Oct(14), Nov(2), Dec(1); Fruiting period: Jan(3), Feb(1), Mar(2), Apr(3), May(2), Jun(6), Jul(4), Aug(5), Sep(2), Oct(4), Nov(2) Altitude range: 100- (800 - 1200) -1493m
CollectorFagg, C. W.