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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University of Yaounde I, P. While in natural forest growth can be fast for young trees in full sunlight, growth slows down immediately when competition with other species occurs.

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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 forest edges, clearings, the sides of roads and rivers, and even savannas and abandoned cultivated areas 1 2 7.

Deciduous A plant that sheds its leaves at the end of the growing season. It is suitable for joinery, interior trim, sporting goods, toys, novelties, agricultural implements, turnery and hardboard. It lopira threatened alsta habitat loss.

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Research on the genetics of the species and the selection of plants which are more tolerant to drought could favour its plantation on a wider scale. Azobe biology The azobe sheds all its leaves during a short period of one to two weeks, usually in December, and the re-growth of bright red young leaves, often simultaneously on all azobe trees in an area, can set the canopy ablaze with colour 2.

Small rodents are a threat because they dig up and eat the seeds. Lindsey Paretti – Blood Island AfricachimpanzeeconservationfilmIn the Fieldlab chimpsLiberiaPrimatesprimatologyrehabilitationtrue storywildlifewildlife filmWildscreen Festival. In Congo powdered bark mixed with palm oil and mineral salt is administered to treat heart problems, costal pain and coughing up blood.

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The bark is credited with analgesic and sedative properties and is used to treat convulsions, epilepsy, eye llophira and yaws.

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Deciduous, large to very large tree up to 60 m tall; bole branchless for up to 30 m, cylindrical and usually very straight but sometimes slightly wavy, up to — cm in diameter, base sometimes slightly thickened or with slightly swollen main roots; superficial, spreading roots sometimes visible for several meters; bark surface scaly, rusty brown to orange-brown, peeling in numerous, long and narrow vertical strips, inner bark up to 2 cm thick, brown-red, with a characteristic, thin, sulphur-yellow layer on the outside between the living and dead bark layers; crown hemispherical, with large, upright branches; twigs glabrous.

The trunk of the azobe is usually straight, without buttressesbut sometimes with a swollen base 2 4 5and is usually clear of branches up to about 30 metres 5. To improve growth in the nursery, it alzta recommended to add soil from under an established tree to the substrate to ensure development of mycorrhizal fungi[ ]. In addition, the effects of the systematic exploitation of the best trees on the genetic diversity are not known. X Close Link to this photo Embed this Arkive thumbnail link “portlet” by copying and pasting the code below.

The seed oil of Lophira alata has not been studied as extensively akata the oil of Lophira lanceolatabut is probably fairly similar and suitable for similar purposes. Azobe is monoecious, meaning that male and female flowers are found on the same tree, and the flowers are insect- pollinated 2 4 6.

This is a QR code short for Quick Response which gives fast-track access to our website pages. It may well have led to negative genetic selection, as the only seed trees remaining were the lopnira poorly formed ones.


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AfricachimpanzeeconservationfilmIn the Fieldlab chimpsLiberiaPrimatesprimatologyrehabilitationtrue storywildlifewildlife filmWildscreen Festival. Alaat Akila Nigeriaa pure stand of Lophira alata had the following characteristics after 12 years: Lophira is restricted to tropical Africa and comprises 2 species with an ecologically distinct distribution: Evergreen moist rain-forest at elevations of – 1, metres[ ]. Precautions should be taken to protect the young plants as they are sensitive to sun-scald and can dry out quickly.

If you are able to help please contact: Export volumes of logs during this period were very small. It is of no value for the paper industry, being lpohira to reduce to shavings and having a low yield of a lophiar pulp.

Plants For A Future can not take any responsibility for any adverse effects from the use of plants. Once dry, the wood is very unstable in service. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests. The wood of Lophira lanceolatawhich is pinkish with a red heart, is available in much smaller dimensions, but may have similar uses, especially for mine props, railway sleepers and mortars, as fuelwood and for charcoal production.

This page was last modified on 1 Augustat Fruiting takes place between January and March, the fruits becoming mature around March to April, although fruits do not always appear every year. In Cameroon it has been observed that roots are colonized by arbuscular endomycorrhyzae; the degree of infestation can be a factor favouring growth.

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