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Berlinia razzifera

Berlinia razzifera is a rare rainforest tree from river banks in the Loango National Park of Gabon.
A man holding a fruit of Berlinia razzifera

Jean-Claude Mouandza Mbembo of the Wildlife Conservation Society, Gabon, holding a fruit of Berlinia razzifera collected during a fieldtrip to Gabon in 2005.

Species information

Scientific name: 

Berlinia razzifera Mackinder & Wieringa

Conservation status: 

Vulnerable (VU) according to IUCN Red List criteria.


Riverine lowland rainforest.

Key Uses: 

None known.

Known hazards: 

None known.


Leguminosae/Fabaceae - Caesalpinioideae
Genus: Berlinia

About this species

The first known collection of Berlinia razzifera was made in April 2004 by Jean-Claude Mouandza Mbembo in Gabon. That first specimen was subsequently recognised as a species new to science by Kew botanist Barbara Mackinder.

The Latin word razzifera means ‘bearing rockets’ and refers to the plant’s erect inflorescences (flowering stems), which resemble a rocket-like firework. The glowing embers of the rocket are called to mind by the persistent, hanging, reddish-brown bracts, above which extends a long, straight axis of showy, white flowers.


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