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 (fide PROTA4U)
  • Human food: oil/fat (fide F TE Afr)
  • Fuels: charcoal (fide PROTA4U)
  • Fuels: fuelwood (fide PROTA4U)
  • Invertebrate food: edible insects/caterpillars/larvae (fide PROTA4U)
  • 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 (fide PROTA4U)

Distributional Range:


  • Africa

    • East Tropical Africa: Uganda
    • Northeast Tropical Africa: Sudan
    • West Tropical Africa: Benin ; Cote D'Ivoire ; Gambia ; Ghana ; Guinea ; Guinea-Bissau ; Mali ; Nigeria ; Senegal ; Sierra Leone ; Togo
    • West-Central Tropical Africa: Cameroon ; Central African Republic ; Zaire


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