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Useful Tropical Plants

Artocarpus ovatus

Blanco

Moraceae

+ Synonyms

Artocarpus acuminatissima Merr.

Artocarpus cumingianus Trécul

Common Name:

Artocarpus ovatus
Drawing of the leaves
Photograph by: Francisco Manuel Blanco (O.S.A.)
Public domain

General Information

Artocarpus ovatus is an evergreen tree growing up to 25 metres tall. The bole can be up to 50cm in diameter[
701
Title
Asean Tropical Plant Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://211.114.21.20/tropicalplant/index.jsp
Publisher
 
Year
 
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details, with photos, of many of the plants growing in the tropical forests of southeast Asia. Gives some details of plant uses along with a description of the plant and its range.
].
A latex with potential for use as a chewing gum base is obtained from the tree, whilst the wood is a source of keledang timber, which is traded..

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

524
Title
Journal of the Arnold Arboretum. Vol. 41
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Harvard University; Boston, Mass.
Year
1960
ISBN
 
Description
Contains a treatment of the genus Artocarpus, section Pseudojaca. It can be downloaded from the Internet.

Range

Southeast Asia - Philippines.

Habitat

Lowland forests and thickets, at elevations up to 750 metres[
524
Title
Journal of the Arnold Arboretum. Vol. 41
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Harvard University; Boston, Mass.
Year
1960
ISBN
 
Description
Contains a treatment of the genus Artocarpus, section Pseudojaca. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
,
701
Title
Asean Tropical Plant Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://211.114.21.20/tropicalplant/index.jsp
Publisher
 
Year
 
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details, with photos, of many of the plants growing in the tropical forests of southeast Asia. Gives some details of plant uses along with a description of the plant and its range.
].

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height25.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details


In general, species in this genus prefer a deep, well-drained soil; young plants need some shade, but need increasing light levels as they mature[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

A latex obtained from the tree is known as 'Anubing gum'[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
]. It has been recommended as a base for chewing gums[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
].

The wood is hard[
524
Title
Journal of the Arnold Arboretum. Vol. 41
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Harvard University; Boston, Mass.
Year
1960
ISBN
 
Description
Contains a treatment of the genus Artocarpus, section Pseudojaca. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].
We have no more specific information for this species, but it is a source of keledang timber, the general description of which follows:-
The heartwood is yellow-brown to orange-red, darkinging to golden brown; it is clearly demarcated from the 5 - 7cm wide band of sapwood. The texture is coarse; the grain straight or interlocked; there is a lustrous, ribbon-like aspect. The wood is fairly heavy, fairly hard, durable, being moderately resistant to fungi and resistant to termites and dry wood borers. It seasons somewhat slowly with a high risk of distortion and a slight risk of checking; once dry it is moderately stable to stable in service. It has a fairly high blunting effect upon tools, stellite-tipped and tungsten carbide are recommended; the surface is fibrous and filling is recommended; it takes screws and nails poorly; glues correctly. The wood is used for furniture, house building, turnery, light carpentry, interior joinery and panelling, boxes and crates, boats etc[
848
Title
Tropix 7
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://tropix.cirad.fr/en
Publisher
CIRAD
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An on-line guide to the timbers of 245 species of trees.
]. It is used for making high class coffins in Malaysia[
848
Title
Tropix 7
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://tropix.cirad.fr/en
Publisher
CIRAD
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An on-line guide to the timbers of 245 species of trees.
].

Propagation

Seed - best extracted from ripe fruits and sown immediately as they cannot withstand desiccation and lose viability within a few week[
525
Title
Journal of the Arnold Arboretum. Vol. 40
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Harvard University; Boston, Mass.
Year
1959
ISBN
 
Description
Contains a treatment of the genus Artocarpus, section Artocarpus. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
]. There is no period of dormancy, the seed usually germinating immediately[
525
Title
Journal of the Arnold Arboretum. Vol. 40
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Harvard University; Boston, Mass.
Year
1959
ISBN
 
Description
Contains a treatment of the genus Artocarpus, section Artocarpus. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].
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