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Colophospermum mopane (mopane)

The mopane tree is reputed to provide the best fuelwood in Africa.
mopane leaves

Colophospermum mopane (Photo: P. van Wyk)

Species information

Common name: 

mopane, butterfly tree, turpentine tree

Conservation status: 

This widely distributed species is not currently a conservation concern.

Habitat: 

In river valleys, woodland or wooded grassland, commonly below 1,000 m altitude.

Key Uses: 

Timber, fuelwood, fodder, medicine, tannins, resins and soil stabilisation.

Known hazards: 

None.

Taxonomy

Subclass: 
Superorder: 
Rosanae
Order: 
Fabales
Family: 
Leguminosae/Fabaceae - Caesalpinioideae
Genus: Colophospermum

About this species

Colophospermum mopane (or mopane as it is commonly known) is an economically and ecologically important tree that dominates the savanna woodlands of south-central Africa.

Genus: 
Colophospermum

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