Pod Mahogany

Peulmahonie – Afzelia quanzensis

  • Grows on well drained soils therefore on rocky hillsides and deep sandy soils of the far north
  • Elephants eat the bark but the tree is mainly utilized by small rodents e.g. squirrels consume the seeds in great quantities, hornbills open pods to reach seeds, but are mainly after the bright red arils at the base of seeds
  • Flowers have very strong scent therefore very attractive to insects especially butterflies
  • Hard black/red seeds have ornamental use and are sold as curios, strung into attractive necklaces
  • Beautiful timber, highly value for furniture
  • Some areas use wood for musical instruments
  • Medicinally bark is an ingredient in the treatment of eczema.