Prota 7(1): Timbers/Bois d’œuvre 1
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Mimosaceae (Leguminosae - Mimosoideae)
Piptadenia pervillei Vatke (1880).
Origin and geographic distribution
Entada pervillei is restricted to northern and western Madagascar.
The wood of Entada pervillei is used in Madagascar for the hull and other parts of canoes, for paddles and for the construction of stilt houses.
In a screening test of extracts of Madagascan plants, Entada pervillei has shown some antiplasmodial activity.
Small tree up to 15 m tall, rarely up to 30 m tall; twigs glabrous. Leaves alternate, bipinnately compound, with 8–16 pairs of pinnae; petiole 1–5.5 cm long, glabrous; rachis 8–18 cm long, ridged and shortly hairy above, with fleshy cushions between the pinnae; leaflets opposite, in 26–72 pairs per pinna, obliquely linear-oblong, up to 10.5 mm × 2 mm, acute at apex, leathery, glabrous. Inflorescence a spike-like raceme up to 25 cm long, several together forming a terminal panicle; peduncle up to 2 cm long. Flowers bisexual, regular, 5-merous, white; pedicel c. 0.5 mm long; calyx cup-shaped, c. 1.5 mm long, with short lobes; corolla 3.5–4 mm long, with short tube and fleshy lobes, glabrous; stamens 10, united at base, c. 6 mm long; ovary superior, shortly stalked, hairy, 1-celled, style filiform, 4–5.5 mm long. Fruit a narrowly oblong pod 18–25 cm × 2.5–4.5 cm, strongly compressed, 2–2.5 cm long stiped, glabrous, with papery blackish brown outer layer peeling off and exposing the straw-coloured inner layer, several-seeded, breaking up into 1-seeded segments. Seeds oblong-ovate, flattened, c. 17 mm × 10 mm, brown.
Entada comprises about 30 species and occurs throughout the tropics. About 15 species occur in continental Africa and 6 in Madagascar.
Entada louvelii (R.Vig.) Brenan strongly resembles Entada pervillei, but differs in its more obtuse leaflets, sessile flowers and glabrous ovary. It is found in eastern Madagascar, and its wood is occasionally used for carpentry and as fuel. In Madagascar the wood of Entada chrysostachys (Benth.) Drake (synonym: Piptadenia chrysostachys (Benth.) Benth.) is sometimes used for stakes in local house construction, for musical instruments and as fuel. Entada chrysostachys is a shrub to small tree up to 10 m tall or liana, occurring in dry woodland and along rivers from Tanzania to Mozambique, Comoros and Madagascar. It differs from the other two species in fewer leaflets and in the presence of stipels. In Madagascar a leaf infusion is drunk to treat colic, and a root decoction as stimulant; root powder is applied to abscesses.
Entada pervillei occurs in evergreen humid forest and seasonally dry deciduous woodland, on sandy or limestone soils, up to 700 m altitude.
Genetic resources and breeding
Although Entada pervillei is endemic to Madagascar, there are no indications that it is endangered.
The timber of Entada pervillei and other Entada spp. will probably remain of little importance because of the often small size of the trees.
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Correct citation of this article:
Lemmens, R.H.M.J., 2007. Entada pervillei (Vatke) R.Vig. In: Louppe, D., Oteng-Amoako, A.A. & Brink, M. (Editors). Prota 7(1): Timbers/Bois d’œuvre 1. [CD-Rom]. PROTA, Wageningen, Netherlands.