Microberlinia brazzavillensis

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Microberlinia brazzavillensis
Microberlinia Brazzavillensis Seeds.jpg
Seeds of Microberlinia brazzavillensis
Scientific classification
M. brazzavillensis
Binomial name
Microberlinia brazzavillensis

Microberlinia brazzavillensis is a tree in the family Fabaceae, found in West Africa. It is also called zebrano,[citation needed] zingana,[2] and allen ele,[citation needed] and is commonly sold in the US as zebrawood. The tree is tall and straight, growing up to 40 m in height with a diameter of up to 1 m. The flower has white petals and, as other legumes do, the tree produces pods.

Concern is expressed due to the tree's rarity in some areas of its native tropical habitat in Gabon and Cameroon, typically less than one tree per square kilometre. It is listed on The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species as vulnerable[1]

The wood is pale yellow to almost white with dark streaks, and it takes a nice polish. The wood is valued by some for its striped figure and is used in furniture. The wood is very tough and durable, and it can be used for objects such as tool handles and sporting equipment. It is resistant to termites and wood-rotting fungi.


  1. ^ a b World Conservation Monitoring Centre (1998). "Microberlinia brazzavillensis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 1998: e.T33184A9758268. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.1998.RLTS.T33184A9758268.en. Retrieved 14 January 2020.
  2. ^ "Microberlinia brazzavillensis". Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). Agricultural Research Service (ARS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Retrieved 21 November 2014.

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