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Useful Tropical Plants

Burckella thurstonii

(Hemsl.) H.J.Lam

Sapotaceae


This species is closely related to Burckella fijiensis, from which it may be distinguished by its pilose corolla and its greater number (40) of stamens[
981
Title
Fruits of Oceania
Publication
 
Author
Annie Walter & Chanel Sam
Publisher
Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research
Year
2002
ISBN
1-86320-331-1
Description
A detailed guide to some of the more common edible fruits of Oceania
].

+ Synonyms

Bassia thurstonii Hemsl.

Common Name:

Burckella thurstonii

General Information

Bassia thurstonii is an evergreen tree that can grow 15 metres or more tall[
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 wood of this tree is valuable and much sought[
351
Title
Fiji Plants: Their Names and Uses
Publication
 
Author
H. B. Richenda Parham
Publisher
Journal of the Polynesian Society
Year
1939
ISBN
 
Description
Published as a supplement in the Journal of the Polynesian Society. Very brief listing of the uses of plants growing in Fiji, listed in order of their native name with no index for the Botanical name.
]. The tree also provides a latex, which is used locally as a chewing gum.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

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.

Range

Pacific - Fiji.

Habitat

Forests at elevations from 150 - 300 metres[
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.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height15.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

The latex is used as a chewing gum[
351
Title
Fiji Plants: Their Names and Uses
Publication
 
Author
H. B. Richenda Parham
Publisher
Journal of the Polynesian Society
Year
1939
ISBN
 
Description
Published as a supplement in the Journal of the Polynesian Society. Very brief listing of the uses of plants growing in Fiji, listed in order of their native name with no index for the Botanical name.
].

The fruit is probably edible[
981
Title
Fruits of Oceania
Publication
 
Author
Annie Walter & Chanel Sam
Publisher
Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research
Year
2002
ISBN
1-86320-331-1
Description
A detailed guide to some of the more common edible fruits of Oceania
]. Edible. The brown fruit can be 5cm or more in diameter[
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.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The wood is short in the grain, but light in weight, dense, very durable and easily worked. It is, however, scarce and difficult to extract from the forest. A few planks of this wood have stood hard wear in King's wharf, Suva[
351
Title
Fiji Plants: Their Names and Uses
Publication
 
Author
H. B. Richenda Parham
Publisher
Journal of the Polynesian Society
Year
1939
ISBN
 
Description
Published as a supplement in the Journal of the Polynesian Society. Very brief listing of the uses of plants growing in Fiji, listed in order of their native name with no index for the Botanical name.
]. Used as a timber tree[
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.
].

Propagation

Seed -
Cite as: Tropical Plants Database, Ken Fern. tropical.theferns.info. 2019-07-20. <tropical.theferns.info/viewtropical.php?id=Burckella+thurstonii>

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