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Microberlinia bisulcata - A.Chev.
Common Name Zingana
Family Fabaceae
USDA hardiness 10-12
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Occurs in lowland rainforest areas, usually on sandy soils in flat areas[338 ].
Range Western tropical Africa - Cameroon.
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Weed Potential No
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Tender Moist Soil Full sun

Zingana or Microberlinia bisulcata is a usually 40 m tall tree with a straight and cylindrical trunk that can be up to 100 cm in diameter and branchless for up to 20 m. It can be found only in Cameroon and currently threatened by habitat loss. The wood is used in turnery, furniture and cabinet making, interior panelling, and veneer.

Microberlinia bisulcata Zingana

Microberlinia bisulcata Zingana
Physical Characteristics
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Microberlinia bisulcata is an evergreen Tree growing to 35 m (114ft) by 30 m (98ft) at a fast rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 10. It can fix Nitrogen.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: acid and neutral soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

Berlinia bifurcata (A.Chev.) Troupin Berlinia bisulcata (A.Chev.) Troupin

Edible Uses
None known
Medicinal Uses
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None known
Other Uses
Other Uses The heartwood is a yellow-brown to light brown, with dark brown veins; it is clearly demarcated from the 6 - 10cm wide band of sapwood. The texture is coarse; the grain interlocked, sometimes highly interlocked. The wood is moderately heavy to heavy; moderately hard; moderately durable, being resistant to dry wood borers and moderately resistant to fungi and termites. It seasons slowly, with a high risk of checking and distortion; once dry it is moderately stable in service. The wood works well with ordinary sawteeth, but there is a risk of tearing due to the highly interlocked grain - tungsten carbide cutting tools are recommended; nailing and screwing are good, but require pre-boring; gluing is correct. A valuable timber species, often with dark and light streaks, it is used in turnery, high class furniture and cabinet making as well as for tool handles, wood-ware, interior panelling and veneer[349 , 848 ]
Cultivation details
A plant of the lowland moist tropics[338 ]. Prefers a sandy soil[338 ]. This is an ectomycorrhizal species and is efficient in phosphorus recycling[349 ].
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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : Status: Critically Endangered A1c+2c
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