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TECLEA NOBILIS

DISTRIBUTION

T. nobilis is widely distributed in wet highland forests, particularly in northern Tanzania and the Lake zone. It is found in bushland and savannah often with Podocarpus and Juniperus (RSCU 1992). In Kenya it is a large forest tree, but grows as a small forest undershrub in Uganda (Dale and Greenway 1961). T. nobilis prefers sites in highland forests between the altitudes of 1700 and 2700 m.

Minimum Altitude (m):

900

Maximum Altitude (m):

2700

PROPAGATION

Means of Propagation: Seeds.

Seeds per kg:

200000

Seed Treatments: Fruit is red, about 2 cm long, with a single seed. No seed treatments are recommended.

Seedling Management: It is not a prolific seeder and the germination rate is low.

SILVICULTURE

Planting Types: Reported to be compatible with crops, but experience is quite limited (Teel 1984).

Growth Factors: Moderate to slow growing.

IMPORTANT USES

Use #1: MEDICINE
Both the leaves and roots are used in local medicine. The roots are used to treat colds and chest problems.

Use #2: GENERAL PURPOSE WOOD
The wood is moderately hard, tough, and pale and is used for walking sticks, tool handles, bowls, clubs, spear shafts, poles, and hoe pins.

Use #3: LAND IMPROVEMENT
Farmers consider T. nobilis useful for soil and water conservation.


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