Cyclandrophora elliptica (Kosterm.) Kosterm. & Prance
Parinari elliptica Kosterm.
Atuna elliptica is a tree growing 7 - 8 metres tall.
The tree is harvested from the wild as a source of thatch and aromatic seeds.
Pacific - Fiji.
Open forests, often near streams, at elevations from sea level to around 100 metres[
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An oil is extracted from the cotyledons for use in local cosmetics[
]. The seeds are crushed to make a fragrant juice which is used to scent coconut oil[
]. This is probably an essential oil, but the reports do not make this clear[
The leafy branchlets, with the leaves attached, are used to thatch or insulate the outside walls of houses[
]. A popular thatch because the leaves remain attached to the twigs indefinitely[
The timber is not of very good quality, but is used locally for poles[
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