Isoberlinia doka (doka)
Isoberlinia doka, near Folonzo, SW Burkina Faso (Photo: Marco Schmidt, licensed under CC by 3.0)
Isoberlinia doka Craib & Stapf
Least Concern (LC) according to IUCN Red List criteria.
Timber, fuelwood, medicinal, carpentry, believed to have magical uses.
Alkaloids are present in small amounts in the bark. The leaves and bark contain cardiac glycosides.
About this species
Isoberlinia doka is a woodland tree which is common and widespread in west and central Africa, where it often dominates the landscape in uncultivated areas. This hardwood tree is quick to colonise clearings and abandoned land, and grows gregariously, often establishing near-pure stands.
I. doka has been reported as a major food source for several species of silk-producing moths and is the principal host plant of the silk-producing moth Anaphe moloneyi (family Thaumetopoeidae). The use of silk moths in silk production is a sustainable industry that not only provides an income for local people, but also encourages the conservation of doka woodlands by rural communities.