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Michelsonia microphylla (kasisi)

Michelsonia microphylla is a rare, although once locally abundant, tropical African forest tree from the Congo basin.
Line drawing of Michelsonia microphylla

Detail of a line drawing of Michelsonia microphylla taken from 'Legumes of the World' (Illustration: Pat Halliday)

Species information

Scientific name: 

Michelsonia microphylla Hauman

Common name: 

kasisi, musisi

Conservation status: 

Not formally assessed according to IUCN criteria, but there is concern that the species has become rare.

Habitat: 

Primary forest, mainly on hilltops and slopes, at 650–1,200 m above sea level.

Key Uses: 

Timber.

Known hazards: 

None known.

Taxonomy

Subclass: 
Superorder: 
Rosanae
Order: 
Fabales
Family: 
Leguminosae/ Fabaceae - Caesalpinioideae
Genus: Michelsonia

About this species

Michelsonia microphylla is a forest tree belonging to the pea and bean family (Leguminosae - or Fabaceae sensu APG (2009)). It is the only species in the genus Michelsonia. Genera comprising a single species are called monospecific.

Genus: 
Michelsonia

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