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Tetraberlinia bifoliolata (ekaba)

Tetraberlinia bifoliolata is a tropical African tree with yellow flowers and explosive seed pods.
Tetraberlinia bifoliolata flowers

Tetraberlinia bifoliolata flowers (Photo: Jan Wieringa)

Species information

Scientific name: 

Tetraberlinia bifoliolata (Harms) Hauman

Common name: 

ekaba (Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon); ekop (Gabon and also Cameroon where the name is used not only for Tetraberlinia bifoliolata but also for many other species of leguminous trees).

Conservation status: 

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

Habitat: 

Lowland rainforest.

Key Uses: 

Timber.

Taxonomy

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

About this species

A member of the pea and bean family (Leguminosae) or Fabaceae sensu APG III (2009), Tetraberlinia bifoliolata is a lowland rainforest tree from Africa. It is slowly growing and used locally for timber. It benefits from a relationship with fungi around its roots, which help it to take up water and nutrients.

Genus: 
Tetraberlinia

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