Taxon: Lophira lanceolata Tiegh. ex Keay

Genus: Lophira
Family: Ochnaceae
Subfamily: Ochnoideae
Tribe: Ochneae
Nomen number: 401744
Place of publication: Kew Bull. 1953:488. 1954
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 05-Apr-1995 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 17-Jul-2007
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 0 in National Plant Germplasm System


Common names:

  • dwarf red ironwood  (Source: PROTA4U) - English
  • false shea  (Source: PROTA4U) - English
  • méni oiltree  (Source: PROTA4U) - English
  • azobé de savanne  (Source: PROTA4U) - French
  • faux karité  (Source: PROTA4U) - French
  • méné  (Source: PROTA4U) - French
  • mené  (Source: PROTA4U) - Portuguese
  • mufo  (Source: PROTA4U) - Portuguese

Economic Importance:

  • Bee plants: honey production ()
  • Human food: oil/fat ()
  • Fuels: charcoal ()
  • Fuels: fuelwood ()
  • Invertebrate food: edible insects/caterpillars/larvae ()
  • Materials: lipids (for cosmetics, medicinal uses, wood for construction, tools fide PROTA4U)
  • Materials: wood (for cosmetics, medicinal uses, wood for construction, tools fide PROTA4U)
  • Medicines: folklore ()

Distributional Range:


    • WEST-CENTRAL TROPICAL AFRICA: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Zaire
    • WEST TROPICAL AFRICA: Benin, Cote D'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo


  1. PROTABASE, the information base of PROTA (Plant Resources of Tropical Africa) (on-line resource). (PROTA4U)
  2. Boutelje, J. B. Encyclopedia of world timbers, names and technical literature. 1980 (Ency WTimber)
  3. Keay, R. W. J. Trees of Nigeria. 1989 (Trees Nigeria)
  4. Keay, R. W. J. & F. N. Hepper Flora of west tropical Africa, ed. 2. (F WT Afr)
  5. Robyns, W. et al., eds. Flore du Congo belge et du Ruanda-Urundi. 1948-63 (F CongoRB)
  6. Turrill, W. B. et al., eds. Flora of tropical East Africa. (F TE Afr)

Check other web resources for Lophira lanceolata Tiegh. ex Keay :

  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Databas of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.

Cite as: USDA, Agricultural Research Service, National Plant Germplasm System. 2018. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN-Taxonomy).
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: Accessed 21 May 2018.