Gambeya gigantea (A.Chev.) Aubrév. & Pellegr.
Gambeyobotrys gigantea (A.Chev.) Aubrév.
Chrysophyllum giganteum is an evergreen tree with a dense crown; it can grow up to 35 metres tall. The straight, sometimes fluted, bole has steep buttresses at the base, it can be unbranched for up to 20 metres and up to 90cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and source of timber. The fruits are sold in village markets in Ghana[
]. The wood is sometimes exported, especially to Europe[
West tropical Africa - Sierra Leone to DR Congo.
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A plant of the moist tropics[
Fruits are produced in the drier months of the year[
]. The yellow-orange fruit is a globose berry up to 55mm in diameter, containing up to 5 fairly large seeds[
The heartwood is yellowish white, darkening to creamy pink; it is not clearly demarcated from the 3 - 6cm wide band of sapwood. The grain is straight, occasionally interlocked, sometimes wavy and producing a moiré aspect; the texture is fine to moderately fine; the surface lustrous. The wood is light to moderate in weight; soft; not durable, being liable to attack by fungi and termites, although it is not very susceptible to Lyctus attack. It seasons normally, with only a slight risk of checking or distortion; once dry it is moderately stable in service. It is easy to saw, works well with hand and machine tools, and it can be planed to an excellent finish; unlike Pouteria wood, it does not blunt sawteeth because it hardly contains silica; it does not easily split when nailed, and it holds nails and screws well; it has good gluing and painting properties, and peels and slices satisfactorily. It is used for interior construction, joinery, cabinet making and furniture[
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