Lophira Alata

Lophira Alata is a species of plant in the Ochnaceae family. It is found in Cameroon, the Republic of the Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Sudan, and Uganda. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

The trunk of Lophira Alata is usually straight, without buttress roots, but sometimes with a swollen base. It is usually clear of branches up to about 30meterss (98 ft). The bark has a typical red-brown color, up to two centimeters thick, and has a bright yellow layer underneath. Young trees under four meters in height have greenish-grey bark, which becomes pink or light brown as the tree matures. Inside, the living sapwood is pale pink or whitish in color, while the inner heartwood is dark red-brown to chocolate brown, with conspicuous white deposits of silica.

The timber is strong and resistant making it useful for demanding constructions outdoors. The timber also has better electrical properties than other wood making it possible to use it in poles for electric fences without separate isolators. The color is reddish brown and the wood is abrasive, dulling tools rapidly. Moreover, sniffing the bark is a traditional treatment for a headache.

Lophira Alata