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Useful Tropical Plants

Abrahamia sericea

(Engl.) Randrian. & Lowry

Anacardiaceae

+ Synonyms

Protorhus sericea Engl.

Common Name:

Abrahamia sericea
Fruiting branch
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Abrahamia sericea Abrahamia sericea

General Information

Abrahamia sericea is an evergreen tree that can grow from 15 - 25 metres tall.
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of wood.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

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.

Range

Africa - Madagascar.

Habitat

Humid and subhumid evergreen forests at elevations below 2,000 metres[
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Title
African Flowering Plants Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.ville-ge.ch/musinfo/bd/cjb/africa/recherche.php
Publisher
Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques.
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Contains information on over 150,000 plant names (including synonyms) giving a description and habitat, plus a distribution map.
].

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height20.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

A leaf infusion is administered to treat indigestion[
299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
]. The leaves are also valued in traditional medicine to treat heart complaints and as disinfectant[
299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
].

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[
299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
]. For usage as railway sleepers, it is advised to treat the wood with preservatives under pressure[
299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
].

Propagation

Seed -

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