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Isoberlinia doka (doka)

Doka is a vigorously colonising African tree which often dominates the woodland belt that stretches from Guinea in the west to Uganda in the east.
Doka in Burkina Faso

Isoberlinia doka, near Folonzo, SW Burkina Faso (Photo: Marco Schmidt, licensed under CC by 3.0)

Species information

Scientific name: 

Isoberlinia doka Craib & Stapf

Common name: 


Conservation status: 

Least Concern (LC) according to IUCN Red List criteria.


Savanna woodland.

Key Uses: 

Timber, fuelwood, medicinal, carpentry, believed to have magical uses.

Known hazards: 

Alkaloids are present in small amounts in the bark. The leaves and bark contain cardiac glycosides.


Leguminosae/Fabaceae - Caesalpinioideae
Genus: Isoberlinia

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.


Berlinia doka


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