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Butter Tree (Pentadesma butyracea)


Pentadesma butyracea has a cylindrical barrel, straight without a buttress and an average height of 20 m . It carries large bright red flowers, giving edible berries whose seed is used to make butter. The large flowers of the butter tree are pollinated by an African bat ( Megaloglossus woermanni ).

Taxonomic tree

  • Domain: Eukarya

    • Kingdom: Plantae

      • Phylum: Magnoliophyta

        • Class: Magnoliopsida

          • Order: Malpighiales

            • Family: Clusiaceae

              • Genus: Pentadesma