Gilbertiodendron dewevrei (abeum)
Gilbertiodendron dewevrei forest
Gilbertiodendron dewevrei (De Wild.) J.Léonard
abeum (Cameroon and Gabon); limbali (Congo); pauza (Angola); abeum à grandes feuilles (trade name for timber)
Not assessed according to IUCN Red List criteria, but this widespread species is likely to be of Least Concern (LC).
Lowland humid forest.
Timber and traditional medicine.
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.