UMBAUA (Red Mahogany) – KHAYA NYASICA

This is a large to very large tree sometimes reaching 60 metres in height. It likes riverine forest conditions.

Price: £5.00

Flowers: (September to December)
White and sweetly-scented

Fruit:
An ovoid, woody capsule. The seeds are winged.
This was a very important timber in Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique. In Mozambique, the stems were used to make dugout canoes.

Medicinal uses:
The bark is bitter, resembling quinine. In rural areas, Africans drink an infusion of this to relieve colds.