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Daniellia alsteeniana (mulombe)

Daniellia alsteeniana is one of the most charismatic and conspicuous trees in the woodlands and dry forests of northeastern Angola, where Kew is documenting species diversity to help build a case for conservation of this unique region.
Daniellia alsteeniana flowers

Daniellia alsteeniana flowers

Species information

Scientific name: 

Daniellia alsteeniana P.A.Duvign.

Common name: 

mulombe (Kiyaka and Kitshok, southern Democratic Republic of Congo)

Conservation status: 

Not currently assessed.


Dry forest, dense woodland, and ‘chipya’ woodland (a more open woodland assemblage with a dense, fire-prone grass and herb layer, believed to be a fire-derived habitat).

Key Uses: 

Timber and gum resin harvesting.

Known hazards: 

None known.


Leguminosae/Fabaceae - Caesalpinioideae
Genus: Daniellia

About this species

Daniellia alsteeniana is typically the tallest and most conspicuous tree of the escarpment woodlands and dry forests over sandy soils in northeastern Angola. In April and May, large pink flowers, held on long branches extending above the leafy crown, form spectacular pink masses that can be seen from a distance.

Daniellia alsteeniana was frequently encountered by a Kew-led botanical team in the remote Lagoa Carumbo region of northeastern Angola during a field expedition in April-May 2011.


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