Kampala Tree and Palm Directory

Tree Species
Common Name
Tree Description
Tree Uses

English White nongo Ateso: Ebatata Kwamba: Bulera Luganda: Ssegavu, musebeya, mulongo, nnongo Lugbara: Ajuga Lugishu: Komosoviyo, chiruku, kirongo, kisubi Luo: Awak-owak Luo J: Bedo Luo L: Abaa-achol Lusoga: Mulongo, nnongo Madi: Adzimeli Rukiga: Mushebeya Rukonjo: Musebera Runyankore: Ssegavu, mushebeya Runyoro: Muchole, mulonge, nnongo Sebei: Swessie.

+ Tree Species

Albizia glaberrima

+ Tree Family


+ Ecology

White nongo is indigenous to Uganda. In East Africa it can be found in lowland rainforest, riverine forest and evergreen bush land. It is widespread in the lower-altitude forests of Uganda and common in Budongo Forest and forests around Kampala, 790-1,370 m. In Kampala, White nongo can be found at Bombo Road, Muwafu road among other places.

+ Description

A semi-deciduous forest tree 15-30 m, the cylindrical bole spreading to a somewhat flattened crown.

BARK: smooth, grey, with distinct shallow ridges on the bole.

LEAVES: bi-pinnate with only 1-4 pairs pinnae, having 3-6 pairs of medium-sized leaflets. Leaflets largest at the tip, very one-sided, curved, usually about 3.5 cm long and 1.5 cm across (even bigger in young plants—up to 10 cm long), the midrib nearly diagonal and continued into the leaf tip which is blunt.

FLOWERS: in half-spherical heads, small and white with dense grey hairs outside the corolla and calyx tubes; the stamen filaments lie inside the corolla tube, not hanging out.

FRUIT: red-brown flat pods, 12-26 cm long and 3-4 cm wide, tip rounded, dull and well veined, 6-12 flat oval seeds within.

+ Uses

Medicine: bark, and roots. http://tropical.theferns.info/viewtropical.php id=Albizia%20glaberrima

Agroforestry: planted to provide shade in coffee, tea, banana and cocoa plantations, nitrogen fixation, leaves are source of fodder.

The wood is used for furniture, construction, stools, beehives, tool handles, grain mortars, doors and beds. It is also suitable for light and heavy flooring, interior trim, joinery, mine props, shipbuilding, vehicle bodies, railway sleepers, toys and novelties, boxes and crates, carving and plywood making.

The wood is used for fuel and making charcoal.

+ Propagation

Seeds, wildings.

+ Management

Slow growing; coppicing, pollarding.

+ Remarks

The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a source of medicines and wood. Good shade tree in coffee, banana, cocoa and tea plantations. The older synonym was A. eggelingii.

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