Entandrophragma utile is a deciduous Tree growing to 45 m (ft) by 30 m (98ft) at a slow rate. It is hardy to zone (UK) The plant is not self-fertile. Suitable. Entandrophragma utile in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN) , U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. BOTANIC DESCRIPTION. Entandrophragma utile is a large tree up to 60 m and more in height, with a DBH of more than cm. Crown regular with few.

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Young seedlings grow slowly; root development takes considerable time. Entandrophragma wntandrophragma is characterized as a non-pioneer light demander. It has also been suggested that intensive silviculture, possibly involving the use of shifting cultivation in a taungya-like system, is needed to achieve sustainable management.

Entandrophragma utile is an important timber species of Ghana for export.

An entzndrophragma atlas of woody plant species. Stumps and striplings have been used for propagation, but the success rate of stumps was low[ ].

The utle is used in the treatment of malaria and peptic ulcers. The bark sap is taken internally, or used as a wash, to treat stomach-ache and kidney pain[ ].

The straight, cylindrical bole is usually up to cm in diameter and can be branchless for up to 50 m. Once dry, the wood is moderately stable in service.


Fruit production starts when trees have reached bole diameters above 50 cm, and this has implications for forest management; minimum felling diameters should be well above 50 cm to allow natural regeneration. Views Read View source View history. Plants For A Future can not take any responsibility for any adverse effects from the use of plants.

A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required[ ]. For a list of references used on this page please go here A special thanks to Ken Fern for some of the information used on this page.

Entandrophragma utile

Wood that can not be valorised as timber may be used as firewood and entandriphragma charcoal production. The species shares many of the characteristics of genuine mahogany and is used as an alternative, with Sapele and Utile in particular bearing a close resemblance. The seed weight is about g.

Overhead shade promotes the survival of young seedlings, which are liable to mite and insect attacks in full sunlight. It is suitable for construction, flooring, vehicle bodies, boxes, crates, carvings and turnery. Bark sap is taken or used as a wash to treat stomach-ache and kidney pain, it is entandrophhragma in to relieve rheumatism, and it is dropped into the eyes to treat eye inflammations and into the ear to treat otitis.

In some regions it has even become near to extinction, e. Frame and panel Frameless construction. In some regions it has even become near to extinction, e. Woody plants of western African forests: Entandrophragma utile does not seem to be a logical choice for planting in agroforestry systems because its early growth is too slow.


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Seedling with epigeal germination, but cotyledons often remaining within the testa; hypocotyl 4—8. Bark extracts showed fungicidal activity against Pyricularia oryzae.

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Biodiversity of West African forests. Mycorrhizal inoculation seems to have potential for improving seedling establishment. The fruit is a five-valved capsule containing numerous winged seeds. It air dries rather slowly, and may be liable to splitting and distortion. Wood that can entanndrophragma be valorised as timber may be used as firewood and for charcoal production. Medpharm Scientific, Stuttgart, Germany. Fruits often fall unopened. Agricultural Research Reports2nd Impression. Entandrophragma utile base of bole.

However, there seems to be considerable variation in drying characteristics. Finishing usually gives good results, with a nice polish, but the use of a filler may be needed. It is sometimes termed under the generic label of mahoganyand while Entandrophragma is part of the Meliaceae family, it is not classified as genuine mahogany.