Economic Importance of Peltophorum africanum
April 17, 2012 | Benefits of Trees | No Comments|
Species: Peltophorum africanum
Description: Semi-deciduous to deciduous trees with a spreading, untidy canopy. The leaves are acacia-like and silver-grey covered with fine hair. The leaves are twice compound with a pair of leaflets at the tip; alternate; up to nine pairs of pinnate each with 10-20 pairs of leaflets. Flowers form upright, showy sprays of bright yellow flowers with crinkled petals on the ends of branches.
- The wood is used to make furniture, axe handles, buckets and ornaments; it is also used as fuel.
- Young leaves and pods are eaten by livestock.
- Flowers provide a high yield of nectar and pollen for bee-keeping. The timber can be used for furniture.
- The wood is good for fuel. It makes a good shade tree for both livestock and humans.
- Roots are used to heal wounds, toothache and throat sores; root, leaves and bark used to clear intestinal parasites and relieve stomach problems; bark relieves colic; stem and root used for diarrhoea and dysentery. It is also used to treat eyes