Tieghemella heckelii

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Tieghemella heckelii
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Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Sapotaceae
Genus: Tieghemella
T. heckelii
Binomial name
Tieghemella heckelii
(A.Chev) Pierre ex Dubard

Tieghemella heckelii (also called baku or cherry mahogany) is a tree species of the genus Tieghemella in the plant family Sapotaceae. The species occurs in Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone and is threatened by habitat loss and over exploitation. This timber tree species can grow up to 45 meters tall and 1.2 meters in diameter. One individual, the Big Tree of Oda, is 66.5 m (218 ft) tall and 396 cm (13 ft) in diameter and is believed to be the tallest tree in West Africa. [2]

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According to Ghana’s Forestry officials, the big tree near the town of Akim Oda which is 66.5 m (218 ft) tall and 396 cm (13 ft) in diameter is believed to be the biggest tree ever discovered in Ghana and West Africa. It is a member of the species Tieghemella heckelii. It is located in the Esen Apam Forest Reserve, about 22 kilometers from Akim Oda, about 300 m (1,000 ft) off the Oda-Agona Swedru trunk road.


  1. African Regional Workshop (1998). Conservation & Sustainable Management of Trees, Zimbabwe, July 1996. "Tieghemella heckelii". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species . IUCN. 1998: e.T33063A9754347. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.1998.RLTS.T33063A9754347.en . Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  2. Ghana, Business Day (2015-07-08). "Yes, It Is Believed to Be West Africa's Biggest Tree". News Ghana. Retrieved 2021-06-15.