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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Rosids
Cladus: Eurosids I
Ordo: Fabales

Familia: Fabaceae
Subfamilia: Detarioideae
Tribus: Afzelieae
Genus: Afzelia
Species: A. africana – A. bella – A. bipindensis – A. cambodensis – A. coriacea – A. javanica – A. martabanica – A. pachyloba – A. parviflora – A. peturei – A. quanzensis – A. rhomboidea – A. xylocarpa
Source(s) of checklist:

Afzelia Sm. Trans. Linn. Soc. London 4: 221. (1798) nom. cons.

Type species: Afzelia africana Sm. Trans. Linn. Soc. London 4: 221. (1798)


Smith, J.E. 1798. Transactions of the Linnean Society of London 4: 221. BHL


Govaerts, R. et al. 2020. Afzelia in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2020 Sep 08. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2020. Afzelia. Published online. Accessed: Sep 08 2020. 2020. Afzelia. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2020 Sep 08.
Catalogue of Life: 2020 Annual Checklist

Vernacular names
Esperanto: Afzelio
suomi: Palkomahongit

Afzelia is a genus of plants in family Fabaceae. The thirteen species all are trees, native to tropical Africa or Asia.

The genus name of Afzelia is in honour of Adam Afzelius (1750 – 1837), a Swedish botanist and an apostle of Carl Linnaeus. [1]

Afzelia species are used primarily for wood, though some species also have medicinal uses. The timber is most commonly traded under the collective name "doussie", as well as under name "afzelia". One of the common names is also "pod mahogany", adding to the confusion surrounding the name mahogany.

The seeds are red and black and are used as beads.

The wood is often used as the surface material for outdoor velodromes.

The highly figured wood of the Asian species, Afzelia xylocarpa, is sold as Afzelia xylay. The seeds and bark of this species are used as medicine.

The dense and wavy wood of an Afzelia africana is used in ship-building.[2]

Burkhardt, Lotte (2018). Verzeichnis eponymischer Pflanzennamen – Erweiterte Edition [Index of Eponymic Plant Names – Extended Edition] (pdf) (in German). Berlin: Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum, Freie Universität Berlin. doi:10.3372/epolist2018. ISBN 978-3-946292-26-5. Retrieved 1 January 2021.

National Geographic TV, Arab Treasure Ship. Viewed 2013-01-13.

External links

ILDIS world database of legumes
Doussie technological characteristics, Tropix program, CIRAD Agricultural Research for Development Countries

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