Combretum imberbe

Family: Combretaceae

This species is known locally as mhama, and in English as leadwood. It is a medium-sized tree found along the edges of non-seasonal lakes and in some seasonally flooded areas. The species is found in similar habitats from Tanzania to South Africa. It usually forks low down to form a rounded shrubby crown. It has grey-green simple leaves about 6cm long that are arranged alternately along the stems. The bark is rough and cracks vertically into a netted pattern (reticulate). The inconspicuous pale green flowers form spikes, which are characteristic of this plant family. These are produced in the short rains, and are followed by 4-winged fruit that are only about 1.5cm long; smaller than most Combretaceae. The tree resembles a willow in its appearance and habitat.

Recently the timber of this tree has begun to be harvested from the District for export. It is reddish-brown, hard, oily and has an attractive fine grain. It is very termite resistant.

Combretum imberbe tree
Combretum imberbe tree
Combretum imberbe log
Combretum imberbe log
Combretum imberbe slash mark
Combretum imberbe slash mark