Environmental Resource Afzelia quanzensis, commonly known as the Pod Mahogany trading name , shares the characteristics associated with the true South American Mahogany. Strength, stability and durability are usually affiliated with the dominant characteristics of this species. Although prominent throughout Southern Africa, this tree species is found in the areas of northern Natal, Swaziland, Transvaal Lowveld and Northern Transvaal to Zimbabwe and Mozambique, extending towards the North East regions of Botswana. The Afzelia Quanzensis is a large deciduous tree which flourishes in well-drained soils and usually found in dry forests. The Afzelia Quanzensis has a long trunk and has an easily identifiable feature of a large umbrella-like tree cover.
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Other names include pod mahogany, East African Afzelia, and Doussie. The Tree A. Many trees branch low down into 2 or 3 stems and mature specimens typically have a spreading canopy. The leaves are very glossy, almost evergreen, and are typically made up of 7 or 9 large leaflets. At the start of the short rains in early November, as the tree comes into leaf, A.
The flowers are fragrant and add a spicy-sweet smell to the surrounding air. During the dry season the tree is easily identifiable by the large, very woody, black pods. These remain on the tree after splitting in two to reveal shiny black seeds which are nearly 3cm long. The seeds drop to the ground where their waxy orange cap aril is eaten by ants. It prefers deep, well-drained, sandy soils, and is also found on termite mounds.
Tall specimens grow in some patches of coastal forest and denser miombo woodland, although most trees are shorter and occur along seasonal stream courses. The species is susceptible to fire, which hampers its natural regeneration.
Timber The timber of A. Like other Afzelia species, the wood has good natural durability; treatment with preservatives is unnecessary, even in permanently humid conditions or in locations where wood-attacking insects are abundant. It sands to a smooth finish, stains well, and polishes nicely.
Other names include pod mahogany, East African Afzelia, and Doussie. The Tree A. Many trees branch low down into 2 or 3 stems and mature specimens typically have a spreading canopy. The leaves are very glossy, almost evergreen, and are typically made up of 7 or 9 large leaflets.