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Gilbertiodendron dewevrei (abeum)

Gilbertiodendron dewevrei is a large, evergreen tree that dominates forests in parts of central Africa.
Gilbertiodendron dewevrei flowers

Flowers of Gilbertiodendron dewevrei

Species information

Scientific name: 

Gilbertiodendron dewevrei (De Wild.) J.Léonard

Common name: 

abeum (Cameroon and Gabon); limbali (Congo); pauza (Angola); abeum à grandes feuilles (trade name for timber)

Conservation status: 

Not assessed according to IUCN Red List criteria, but this widespread species is likely to be of Least Concern (LC).


Lowland humid forest.

Key Uses: 

Timber and traditional medicine.


Leguminosae/Fabaceae - Caesalpinioideae
Genus: Gilbertiodendron

About this species

A large, evergreen tree of the African tropical humid forest, Gilbertiodendron dewevrei is an example of a species that can grow gregariously. That is to say, numerous individuals may grow together in the absence, or virtual absence, of large trees of any other species. Consequently, there are areas of forest in the Congo basin that are dominated by G. dewevrei, sometimes in almost pure stands. A handful of other tropical African forest trees from the pea and bean family (Leguminosae; Fabaceae sensu APG III 2009), such as Cynometra alexandri and Julbernardia seretii, share this tendency to form forests dominated by a single species.


Macrolobium dewevrei


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