Protorhus grandidieri Engl.
Protorhus heckelii Dub. & Dop
Rhus grandidieri (Engl.) Baill.
Rhus venulosa Baker
Abrahamia grandidieri is an evergreen tree growing from 15 - 25 metres tall[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use of its wood and medicinal use.
Africa - Madagascar.
Dry to humid evergreen forests and scrubland; often along the edges of water courses, at elevations below 1,500 metres[
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A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required[
The gum-resin, bark and leaves are used in traditional medicine, but no details are available[
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
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[
]. For usage as railway sleepers, it is advised to treat the wood with preservatives under pressure[
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