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Not to be confused with Dacryodes edulis, the African pear.
Baillonella toxisperma
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Sapotaceae
Genus: Baillonella
Species: B. toxisperma
Binomial name
Baillonella toxisperma

Baillonella toxisperma (also called African pearwood, djave nut, or moabi) is a species of tree in the family Sapotaceae, and the only species in the genus Baillonella.[1] It is found in Angola, Cameroon, the Republic of the Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon and Nigeria. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests. It is threatened by habitat loss.[1][2] The moabi tree's nut oil is a key component of Baka and other indigenous people's subsistence.[2] The building products retailer The Home Depot has decided not to sell products made with Baillonella toxisperma wood.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b L. White (1998). "Baillonella toxisperma". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.1. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved July 19, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b John Nelson (February 11, 2008). "Consumers must stop forest destruction". BBC News. Retrieved July 19, 2012.