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Useful Tropical Plants

Atuna racemosa

Raf.

Chrysobalanaceae

+ Synonyms

Atuna elata (King) Kosterm.

Atuna excelsa (Jack) Kosterm.

Atuna scabra (Hassk.) Kosterm.

Atuna villamilii (Merr.) Kosterm.,

Chrysobalanus racemosus Roxb.

Cyclandrophora asperula (Miq.) Prance ex Kosterm.

Cyclandrophora elata (King) Kosterm.

Cyclandrophora excelsa (Jack) Kosterm.

Cyclandrophora glaberrima Hassk.

Cyclandrophora laurina (A.Gray) Kosterm.

Cyclandrophora scabra (Hassk.) Kosterm.

Cyclandrophora villamilii (Merr.) Prance ex Kosterm.

Ferolia asperula (Miq.) Kuntze

Ferolia glaberrima (Hassk.) Kuntze

Ferolia jackiana (Benth.) Kuntze

Ferolia scabra (Hassk.) Kuntze

Parinari asperula Miq.

Parinari curranii Merr.

Parinari elata King

Parinari glaberrima (Hassk.) Hassk.

Parinari hahlii Warb.

Parinari jackiana Benth.

Parinari lanceolata Teijsm. & Binn.

Parinari laurina A.Gray

Parinari macrophylla Teijsm. & Binn.

Parinari maingayi King

Parinari margarata A.Gray

Parinari mindanaensis Perkins

Parinari racemosa Merr.

Parinari scabra Hassk.

Parinari spicata King

Parinari villamilii Merr.

Parinari warburgii Perkins ex Merr.

Petrocarya excelsa Jack

Petrocarya glaberrima (Hassk.) Miers

Petrocarya scabra (Hassk.) Miers

Common Name:

Atuna racemosa
Foliage of a tree growing in Hawaii
Photograph by: Forest and Kim Starr
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General Information

Atuna racemosa is a tree growing up to 45 metres tall in Malaysia, but often smaller elsewhere. The straight, cylindrical bole can be 90cm in diameter and unbranched for 10 metres[
388
Title
Guide to the Trees of Papua New Guinea
Publication
 
Author
Conn. B.J. & Damas. K.Q.
Website
http://www.pngplants.org/PNGtrees/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An Internet site giving good descriptions of the trees of Papua New Guinea.
,
653
Title
Plants of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.asianplant.net/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Excellent site with brief information on the plant, its range, habitat and uses, plus phots of specimens, close-ops of flowers and leaves etc,
,
735
Title
Chrysobalanaceae Part 2. Species Plantarum: Flora of the World, Part 19: 1-268
Publication
 
Author
Prance G.T.; Sothers C.A.
Website
http://www.ville-ge.ch/cjb
Publisher
Australian Biological Resources Study; Canberra.
Year
2003
ISBN
0 642 56833 2
Description
An excellent monograph, part of a very ambitious project to catalogue all the plants in the world. It can be downloaded as a PDF file from the Internet.
].
The tree is commonly harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of materials, especially as a caulk for boats. It is often retained when clearing forest for cultivation in the Pacific Islands[
339
Title
Agroforestry in the Pacific Islands: Systems for Sustainability
Publication
 
Author
W.C. Clarke and R.R. Thaman (Editors)
Website
http://www.unu.edu/unupress/unupbooks/80824e/80824E00.htm#Contents
Publisher
United Nations University Press, Tokyo
Year
1993
ISBN
92-808-0824-9
Description
The guide includes information on 100 species of plants for Agroforestry. It is also available on the web at the address given above.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

451
Title
Flora Malesiana Series 1
Publication
 
Author
Various
Website
http://www.archive.org
Publisher
Nationaal Herbarium Nederiand, Universiteit Leiden branch
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A massive treatment of the plants of the Malaysian Archipelago. Much of it has been made available to download from the Internet
,
735
Title
Chrysobalanaceae Part 2. Species Plantarum: Flora of the World, Part 19: 1-268
Publication
 
Author
Prance G.T.; Sothers C.A.
Website
http://www.ville-ge.ch/cjb
Publisher
Australian Biological Resources Study; Canberra.
Year
2003
ISBN
0 642 56833 2
Description
An excellent monograph, part of a very ambitious project to catalogue all the plants in the world. It can be downloaded as a PDF file from the Internet.

Range

Southeast Asia - Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, to New Guinea and the western Pacific Islands.

Habitat

A mid-canopy tree in undisturbed forests at elevations up to 400 metres. It is usually found on hillsides and ridges with sandy to clayey soils[
653
Title
Plants of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.asianplant.net/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Excellent site with brief information on the plant, its range, habitat and uses, plus phots of specimens, close-ops of flowers and leaves etc,
].

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitTree
Height25.00 m
Cultivation StatusSemi-cultivated, Wild

Cultivation Details


Prefers a well-drained soil[
735
Title
Chrysobalanaceae Part 2. Species Plantarum: Flora of the World, Part 19: 1-268
Publication
 
Author
Prance G.T.; Sothers C.A.
Website
http://www.ville-ge.ch/cjb
Publisher
Australian Biological Resources Study; Canberra.
Year
2003
ISBN
0 642 56833 2
Description
An excellent monograph, part of a very ambitious project to catalogue all the plants in the world. It can be downloaded as a PDF file from the Internet.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The inner bark is used to treat high blood pressure[
339
Title
Agroforestry in the Pacific Islands: Systems for Sustainability
Publication
 
Author
W.C. Clarke and R.R. Thaman (Editors)
Website
http://www.unu.edu/unupress/unupbooks/80824e/80824E00.htm#Contents
Publisher
United Nations University Press, Tokyo
Year
1993
ISBN
92-808-0824-9
Description
The guide includes information on 100 species of plants for Agroforestry. It is also available on the web at the address given above.
].

Other Uses

The fruit is grated and made into a putty for caulking canoes[
653
Title
Plants of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.asianplant.net/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Excellent site with brief information on the plant, its range, habitat and uses, plus phots of specimens, close-ops of flowers and leaves etc,
]. The skins of the fruits are pounded and shredded to make canoe caulking and as an adhesive to adhere inlay in carvings[
339
Title
Agroforestry in the Pacific Islands: Systems for Sustainability
Publication
 
Author
W.C. Clarke and R.R. Thaman (Editors)
Website
http://www.unu.edu/unupress/unupbooks/80824e/80824E00.htm#Contents
Publisher
United Nations University Press, Tokyo
Year
1993
ISBN
92-808-0824-9
Description
The guide includes information on 100 species of plants for Agroforestry. It is also available on the web at the address given above.
].

A fragrant oil is extracted from the seeds[
653
Title
Plants of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.asianplant.net/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Excellent site with brief information on the plant, its range, habitat and uses, plus phots of specimens, close-ops of flowers and leaves etc,
]. The seeds are crushed to make a fragrant juice which is used to scent coconut oil[
339
Title
Agroforestry in the Pacific Islands: Systems for Sustainability
Publication
 
Author
W.C. Clarke and R.R. Thaman (Editors)
Website
http://www.unu.edu/unupress/unupbooks/80824e/80824E00.htm#Contents
Publisher
United Nations University Press, Tokyo
Year
1993
ISBN
92-808-0824-9
Description
The guide includes information on 100 species of plants for Agroforestry. It is also available on the web at the address given above.
,
490
Title
Flora Vitiensis Nova
Publication
 
Author
Smith. A.C.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Pacific Tropical Botanical Garden; Hawaii
Year
1979
ISBN
 
Description
A comprehensive flora of Fiji, often showing plant uses. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
]. This is probably an essential oil, but the reports do not make this clear[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].

The leafy branchlets, with the leaves attached, are used to thatch or insulate the outside walls of houses[
339
Title
Agroforestry in the Pacific Islands: Systems for Sustainability
Publication
 
Author
W.C. Clarke and R.R. Thaman (Editors)
Website
http://www.unu.edu/unupress/unupbooks/80824e/80824E00.htm#Contents
Publisher
United Nations University Press, Tokyo
Year
1993
ISBN
92-808-0824-9
Description
The guide includes information on 100 species of plants for Agroforestry. It is also available on the web at the address given above.
]. A popular thatch because the leaves remain attached to the twigs indefinitely[
490
Title
Flora Vitiensis Nova
Publication
 
Author
Smith. A.C.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Pacific Tropical Botanical Garden; Hawaii
Year
1979
ISBN
 
Description
A comprehensive flora of Fiji, often showing plant uses. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

The timber is not of very good quality, but is used for posts, poles, light construction and canoe spars[
339
Title
Agroforestry in the Pacific Islands: Systems for Sustainability
Publication
 
Author
W.C. Clarke and R.R. Thaman (Editors)
Website
http://www.unu.edu/unupress/unupbooks/80824e/80824E00.htm#Contents
Publisher
United Nations University Press, Tokyo
Year
1993
ISBN
92-808-0824-9
Description
The guide includes information on 100 species of plants for Agroforestry. It is also available on the web at the address given above.
,
653
Title
Plants of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.asianplant.net/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Excellent site with brief information on the plant, its range, habitat and uses, plus phots of specimens, close-ops of flowers and leaves etc,
,
735
Title
Chrysobalanaceae Part 2. Species Plantarum: Flora of the World, Part 19: 1-268
Publication
 
Author
Prance G.T.; Sothers C.A.
Website
http://www.ville-ge.ch/cjb
Publisher
Australian Biological Resources Study; Canberra.
Year
2003
ISBN
0 642 56833 2
Description
An excellent monograph, part of a very ambitious project to catalogue all the plants in the world. It can be downloaded as a PDF file from the Internet.
].

The leaves are used for the ceremonial decoration of houses in the Solomon Islands[
339
Title
Agroforestry in the Pacific Islands: Systems for Sustainability
Publication
 
Author
W.C. Clarke and R.R. Thaman (Editors)
Website
http://www.unu.edu/unupress/unupbooks/80824e/80824E00.htm#Contents
Publisher
United Nations University Press, Tokyo
Year
1993
ISBN
92-808-0824-9
Description
The guide includes information on 100 species of plants for Agroforestry. It is also available on the web at the address given above.
].

Propagation

Seed -
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Comments

Jimmar 19th December 2016 5:16
We use this often to our kinilaw. I grew up eating kinilaw with the flavor of this fruit we called here in the philippines specificaly in northern mindanao TABON TABON. there is not much site that will cover it but u will find it if u google it. I did not know it can be use as a cualking agent. I onky know we mix it for kinilaw

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