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Useful Tropical Plants

Chlorocarpa pentaschista

Alston

Achariaceae


I have considerable confusion over the identity of this species and the uses ascribed to it - it is possible that some or all of these uses belong instead to Hydnocarpus alpinus. See the notes on that species for more information[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].

+ Synonyms

Hydnocarpus alpinus Trimen non Wight

Common Name:

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General Information

Chlorocarpa pentaschista is a large evergreen tree[
464
Title
A Handbook to the Flora of Ceylon
Publication
 
Author
Trimen H.; continued by Hooker J.D.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Dulau and Co; London.
Year
1898
ISBN
 
Description
Very dated, but still a useful work. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].
There is some confusion over the correct identity of this tree, but it most likely produces a useful wood that is employed locally. It might also be the source of a medicinal seed oil, though this use is more likely to be ascribed to Hydnocarpus alpinus Wight[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

464
Title
A Handbook to the Flora of Ceylon
Publication
 
Author
Trimen H.; continued by Hooker J.D.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Dulau and Co; London.
Year
1898
ISBN
 
Description
Very dated, but still a useful work. It can be downloaded from the Internet.

Range

E. Asia - Sri Lanka.

Habitat

Not known

Properties

Medicinal Rating *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height0.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The plant could be the source of a seed oil that is useful in the treatment of skin diseases (including leprosy), wounds, rheumatic joints etc.

Other Uses

The wood is light brown with streaks of darker colour. It is hard and clearly contains tannins. Of fair quality, it can be used for beams and rafters[
146
Title
A Manual of Indian Timbers.
Publication
 
Author
Gamble. J. S.
Publisher
Bishen Singh Mahendra Pal Singh
Year
1972
ISBN
-
Description
First written in the 19th century, but still a classic, giving a lot of information on the uses and habitats of Indian trees. Not for the casual reader.
].
The wood makes a good fuel[
146
Title
A Manual of Indian Timbers.
Publication
 
Author
Gamble. J. S.
Publisher
Bishen Singh Mahendra Pal Singh
Year
1972
ISBN
-
Description
First written in the 19th century, but still a classic, giving a lot of information on the uses and habitats of Indian trees. Not for the casual reader.
].

Propagation

Seed -
Cite as: Tropical Plants Database, Ken Fern. tropical.theferns.info. 2020-02-28. <tropical.theferns.info/viewtropical.php?id=Chlorocarpa+pentaschista>

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