Dacryodes nitens is an evergreen tree growing up to 20 metres tall[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and incense.
S. America - northern Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Surinam.
Mountain savannah forest[
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A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required.
We have seen no records regarding the edibility of this fruit, but most, if not all, members of the genus have a fruit with a soft, sweet flesh and are potentially edible[
]. The fruit of this species is a light green, ovoid drupe up to 29mm long and 16mm wide[
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[
The bark is warmed and used as a bandage to bring relief to arthritic joints, swellings, and areas of muscular aches and pains[
The juice of the inner bark is applied onto ringworm, sores on the skin, or other forms of skin rash as an antifungal agent[
]. The inner bark is boiled and the water used as an antipruritic or as a herbal bath[
]. The inner bark is used as a poultice to tie around persistent sores on the skin[
The wood is used as incense[
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