1. Family: Fabaceae Lindl.
    1. Isoberlinia Craib & Stapf

      1. This genus is accepted, and its native range is Tropical Africa.

    [FTEA]

    Leguminosae, J. B. Gillett, R. M. Polhill & B. Verdcourt. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1971

    Habit
    Unarmed trees
    Leaves
    Leaves paripinnate; stipules intrapetiolar, connate, or free in their upper part; leaflets opposite or subopposite, in 2–5 pairs, petiolulate, ± unequal-sided at base, without translucent gland-dots
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence normally paniculate; branches racemose or paniculate; bracteoles 2, well-developed, valvate, completely enclosing the flower-buds, persistent
    Hypanthium
    Hypanthium tubular, 2.5–8 mm. long
    Calyx
    Sepals (4–)5(–7), subequal
    Corolla
    Petals 5(–6); usually all well-developed, but the upper one always somewhat longer or wider than the others and often of a different shape
    Stamens
    Stamens 10 (–14); filaments free, exserted
    Ovary
    Ovary sessile to shortly stipitate, and inserted on the tube of the hypanthium; ovules 4–8
    Fruits
    Pod dehiscing elastically or explosively into 2 flattened smooth or sometimes obliquely nerved woody valves; upper suture not at all winged
    Seeds
    Seeds compressed, ± obovate-elliptic, with thin testa and short funicle.
    [LOWO]

    Legumes of the World. Edited by G. Lewis, B. Schrire, B. MacKinder & M. Lock. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. (2005)

    Vernacular
    doka, mbarika, mtondo, abogo
    Habit
    Trees or shrubs
    Ecology
    Seasonally dry tropical forest and woodland (the E Tanzanian sp. occurs in lowland to upland rain forest); species often occur in monodominant stands
    Distribution
    Africa (4 spp. widespread in Sudanian to Zambezian woodland; 1 sp. in Zanzibar-Inhambane E Tanzania)
    Note
    Placed within the exclusively African Macrolobieae clade (sensu Bruneau et al., 2001) but generic affinities remain unclear
    [FZ]

    Leguminosae, R.K. Brummitt, A.C. Chikuni, J.M. Lock & R.M. Polhill. Flora Zambesiaca 3:2. 2007

    Habit
    Unarmed trees or shrubs.
    Leaves
    Leaves paripinnate; leaflets in 2–5 pairs, opposite or subopposite, petiolulate, asymmetric at base, without translucent dots; stipules intrapetiolar, connate, free above.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescences normally paniculate; bracteoles 2, well developed, valvate, completely enclosing the flower buds, persistent.
    Hypanthium
    Hypanthium tubular.
    Calyx
    Sepals (4)5(7), subequal.
    Corolla
    Petals 5(6), usually all well developed; upper petal longer or wider than the rest and often differently shaped.
    Stamens
    Stamens 10(14); filaments free.
    Ovary
    Ovary sessile to shortly stipitate, inserted on the tube of the hypanthium; ovules 4–8.
    Fruits
    Pod woody, dehiscing elastically into two flattened valves; upper suture unwinged.
    Seeds
    Seeds compressed, ± obovate-elliptic, with thin testa and short funicle.
    [LOWO]
    Use
    Various species used for timber ( mbarika, mtondo, abogo, doka ), e.g., for heavy construction and flooring; also used for medicine and human food (leaves)

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Benin, Burkina, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Repu, Chad, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Malawi, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zaïre

    Isoberlinia Craib & Stapf appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew, Addit. Ser. 9: 266 (1911)

    Literature

    Flora of West Tropical Africa
    • Troupin in Bull. Jard. Bot. Brux. 20: 302–309 (1980).
    • Kew Bull. 1912: 93
    • in Kew Bull. Add. Ser. 9: 266 (1911)
    Flora Zambesiaca
    • Léonard In Mém. Acad. Roy. Sci. Belg. 30(2): 173 (1957).
    • in Bull. Misc. Inform., Kew 1912: 93 (1912).
    • in Bull. Misc. Inform., Kew, Add. Ser. 9: 266 (1911)
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • J. Léon. in Mém. 8°, Classe Sci., Acad. Roy. Belg. 30(2): 173 (1957)
    • Hauman in Inst. Roy. Col. Belge, Bull. Séances 23(2): 477 (1952)
    • Duvign. in Inst. Roy. Col. Belge, Bull. Séances 21(2): 432–3 (1950)
    • Troupin in B.J.B.B. 20: 302 (1950)
    • in K.B. 1912: 93 (1912)
    • in K.B., Addit. Sér. 9: 266 (1911)

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
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    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2018. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2018. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Legumes of the World Online
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