|Musanga cecropioides tree in the Mayombe region|
This tree is also known as parasolier, n'govoge, govwi, doe, kombo-kombo, musanga, and musanda.
Musanga cecropioides can reach a height of 100 feet (30 m) with a diameter of 1–3 feet (0.30–0.91 m). Its trunk has a pale whitish/yellow tone with a rough, granular texture.
Musanga cecropioides is a pioneer species and readily springs up in newly cleared patches of forest. In Nigeria it is joined in these locations by the poison devil's-pepper (Rauvolfia vomitoria), the Ivory Coast almond (Terminalia ivorensis) and the dragon's blood tree (Harungana madagascariensis). Five years later, M. cecropioides has become dominant, with a closed canopy at 10 m (33 ft)
Uses of the wood from the African corkwood tree range from flotation devices, such as rafts, to toys. The wood of the African corkwood tree has a frail concreteness and has a tendency to mold and tarnish easily. The tree has traditional medical uses among the Bantu peoples of the Central African Republic, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.
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