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Panda oleosa

Panda oleosa
Pandaceae Panda oleosa.png
Panda oleosa, from Vegetation der Erde (1915)
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Malpighiales
Family: Pandaceae
Genus: Panda
P. oleosa
Binomial name
Panda oleosa
  • Porphyranthus Engl.
  • Porphyranthus zenkeri Engl.
  • Sorindeia rubiflora Engl.

Panda is a plant genus of the family Pandaceae. It contains only one known species, Panda oleosa, native to western and central Africa (Liberia, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Cabinda, Gabon, Central African Republic, Congo-Brazzaville, Cameroon, Zaire).[1][2][3][4][5][6][7]

Chimpanzees have been observed to hammer on the nuts of Panda oleosa, which are particularly hard to open.[8]

Humans cook and eat the seeds and also use an oil produced by the seeds in food preparation, the wood is used to make canoes and for carpentry.[9]


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  8. ^ Chimp Nut-Cracking Site Offers Clues to Early Tool Use. By Bijal P. Trivedi, National Geographic Today. May 23, 2002
  9. ^ Vegetable oils. PROTA. 2007. pp. 129–. ISBN 978-90-5782-191-2.