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Useful Tropical Plants

Dacryodes igaganga

Aubrév. & Pellegr.

Burseraceae


This species is close to Dacryodes edulis and has been included in it in the past[
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+ Synonyms

Common Name:

Dacryodes igaganga
Fruiting branch
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General Information

Dacryodes igaganga is an evergreen tree growing around 15 - 25 metres tall. The bole is sometimes cylindrical, around 60 - 90cm in diameter, unbranched for more than half its height and slightly buttressed at the base[
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African Flowering Plants Database
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Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques.
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The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and source of wood. The wood is also exported.
There is concern over the rate at which logging of this species has taken place and the decline in its habitat. The plant is classified as 'Vulnerable' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2011)[
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Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

West tropical Africa - Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and possibly Congo.

Habitat

Old evergreen forests at elevations up to 550 metres[
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Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques.
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Contains information on over 150,000 plant names (including synonyms) giving a description and habitat, plus a distribution map.
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Properties

Conservation StatusVulnerable
Edibility Rating *  *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height15.00 m
PollinatorsBees, Insects
Self-fertileNo
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required[
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Edible Uses

Fruit[
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The flesh of the fruits in this genus usually adheres very strongly to the seed. When placed in hot (but not boiling) water at around 60 - 85°c the fruit softens and swells and all the flesh then slides easily off the seed[
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Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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Title
Cornucopia II
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Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications, California.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-9628087-2-5
Description
The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc.
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Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The fruit contains an essential oil, the main components of which are alpha-copaene (16%) and alpha-humulene (14%).

The heartwood is pale brown or pink; it is not distinctly demarcated from the 2 - 4cm wide band of cream-coloured sapwood. The grain is straight or interlocked; the texture fine to medium. The wood is not very durable, being susceptible to attack by fungi, termites, dry-wood borers and marine borers. Sawing is rather difficult due to the presence of silica, causing severe blunting of tools; stellite saw teeth and tungsten carbide tools are recommended. The wood finishes, nails, screws and glues well; peeling and slicing properties are good. The wood is used for veneer, plywood, joinery and parquetry. It is also suitable for construction, furniture and cabinet work, vehicle bodies, ship and boat building, handles, ladders, carvings, toys, novelties, turnery, poles and piles. It can be used for paper making[
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Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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http://www.prota.org
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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Propagation

Seed -

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