Antrocaryon soyauxii (Engl.) Engl.
Spondias klaineana (Pierre) Engl.
Spondias soyauxii Engl.
Antrocaryon klaineanum is a deciduous tree growing 25 - 35 metres tall. The straight, cylindrical bole is slightly buttressed at the base and up to 100cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of timber. The timber is also traded internationally.
West tropical Africa - Nigeria, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo.
Dense, humid forests at elevations from near sea level to 680 metres[
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A plant of the moist, lowland tropics.
Fruit - raw[
]. An acid flavour[
]. The fruit is a drupe resembling a small apple[
The nut contains five seeds which are oily and edible, but the nut-shell is thick and the difficulty of getting to the seeds is an obstacle to their use[
The powdered bark is used in the treatment of liver complaints[
The bark contains a small quantity of glutinous oleo-resin[
The heartwood is pinkish white to light brown; it is not distinctly demarcated rom the sapwood. The texture is medium; the grain straight or interlocked, sometimes wavy[
]. It is similar to mahogany in appearance, but paler[
]. The wood is light in weight, soft, not durable, being susceptible to fungi, dry wood borers and termites. The wood seasons quickly with only a slight risk of check or distortion; once dry it is moderately stable to stable in service. The wood works well with ordinary tools, though sometimes there is grain tearing, and filling is necessary in order to obtain a good finish; nailing and screwing are good; gluing is correct. The wood has many uses, including house frames, light carpentry, interior joinery, boxes and crates, furniture, veneer and blockboard[
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