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Useful Tropical Plants

Abrahamia ditimena

(H.Perrier) Randrian. & Lowry

Anacardiaceae

+ Synonyms

Protorhus ditimena H.Perrier

Common Name:

Abrahamia ditimena
Leaf and fruit
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General Information

Abrahamia ditimena is an evergreen tree that can grow up to 25 metres tall. The bole is up to 35cm in diameter[
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The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of wood.
Abrahamia ditimena is quite widespread, but it occurs scattered in the forest and is limited to threatened types of forest. Therefore, caution is needed in harvesting this species to prevent genetic erosion[
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Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

455
Title
Flore de Madagascar et des Comores
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Author
Humbert H.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
Museum National D'Histoire Naturelle; Paris
Year
1946 - 1984
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Description
Written in French, an excellent flora of the area though it has not been completed. Available for download from the Internet.

Range

Africa - Madagascar.

Habitat

Evergreen forests, commonly along water courses, at elevations up to 1,400 metres[
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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455
Title
Flore de Madagascar et des Comores
Publication
 
Author
Humbert H.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
Museum National D'Histoire Naturelle; Paris
Year
1946 - 1984
ISBN
 
Description
Written in French, an excellent flora of the area though it has not been completed. Available for download from the Internet.
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Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height20.00 m
Growth RateSlow
Self-fertileNo
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



The tree grows slowly[
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A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required[
455
Title
Flore de Madagascar et des Comores
Publication
 
Author
Humbert H.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
Museum National D'Histoire Naturelle; Paris
Year
1946 - 1984
ISBN
 
Description
Written in French, an excellent flora of the area though it has not been completed. Available for download from the Internet.
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Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The leaves are used in traditional medicine as sedative[
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Agroforestry Uses:

Abrahamia ditimena, and other Abrahamia species, have been recommended for enrichment planting in natural forest, and as non-pioneer light-demanders that also tolerate some shade they are suited for that purpose. However, they grow slowly and long cutting cycles are needed for timber production, and therefore commercial exploitation on a sustainable basis seems to have little prospects

Other Uses

The heartwood is chestnut brown and streaked; it is distinctly demarcated from the up to 6cm wide band of paler sapwood. The grain is generally straight, texture fine. The wood is moderately heavy, moderately durable, with fair resistance to termites, but it is rather susceptible to fungal attacks. It air dries easily with little checking and warping; rates of shrinkage during drying are medium. The wood works easily, glues satisfactorily and the nailing properties are moderate. The wood is used for construction, joinery, flooring, panelling, moulding and railway sleepers[
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Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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http://www.prota.org
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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Propagation

Seed -

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