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Useful Tropical Plants

Dacryodes normandii

Aubrév. & Pellegr.

Burseraceae

+ Synonyms

Common Name:

Dacryodes normandii
Fruits
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Dacryodes normandii Dacryodes normandii

General Information

Dacryodes normandii is an evergreen tree that can grow up to 37 metres tall. The straight, cylindrical bole is up to 90cm in diameter and very slightly buttressed at the base[
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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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African Flowering Plants Database
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http://www.ville-ge.ch/musinfo/bd/cjb/africa/recherche.php
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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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The tree is harvested from the wild for local use of its fruit and wood, the wood is also traded commercially.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

West tropical Africa - Gabon.

Habitat

Evergreen forests at elevations from 50 - 450 metres[
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Title
African Flowering Plants Database
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Author
 
Website
http://www.ville-ge.ch/musinfo/bd/cjb/africa/recherche.php
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Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques.
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0
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Description
Contains information on over 150,000 plant names (including synonyms) giving a description and habitat, plus a distribution map.
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Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height30.00 m
PollinatorsInsects
Self-fertileNo
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



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

Edible Uses

Fruit - cooked[
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
]. The fruit is an obovoid drupe about 35mm long[
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Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
]. I'm not sure that the report of the fruit being cooked is fully accurate, since boiling is said to harden the flesh. Instead, it is probably treated as below[
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Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
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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[
299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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301
Title
Cornucopia II
Publication
 
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

A fragrant resin exudes from the cut inner bark[
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Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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Year
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ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
]. No uses are recorded[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].

The heartwood is pink-buff with an occasional grey tinge; it is not distinctly demarcated from the 2 - 4cm wide band of sapwood. The grain can be straight, but is often interlocked; the texture medium to coarse. The wood is medium-weight, soft to moderately hard; moderately durable, it is very resitant to termites, moderately resistant to fungi but susceptible to dry wood borers. It seasons normally, with only a slight risk of checking or distortion; when dry it is moderately stable in service, It is moderately easy to saw when green; works well with hand and machine tools, but causes blunting due to the presence of silica - stellite-tipped and tungsten carbide tools are recommended; it has good nailing and screwing properties, and it glues, sands, paints and varnishes well. Peeling characteristics are satisfactory. The wood is suitable for light construction, flooring, interior trim, joinery, ship and boat building, vehicle bodies, furniture, cabinet work, toys, novelties, turnery, poles, piles, veneer and plywood. It can also be used for paper making[
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Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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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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848
Title
Tropix 7
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Author
 
Website
http://tropix.cirad.fr/en
Publisher
CIRAD
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An on-line guide to the timbers of 245 species of trees.
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Propagation

Seed -

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