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Useful Tropical Plants

Dracontomelon macrocarpum

H.L.Li

Anacardiaceae

+ Synonyms

Common Name:

Dracontomelon macrocarpum
Seeds exhibited in the Kunming Botanical Garden, Kunming, Yunnan, China
Photograph by: Daderot
Public domain

General Information

Dracontomelon macrocarpum is a tree growing 18 - 23 metres tall[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
,
747
Title
Journal of the Arnold Arboretum Vol. 25
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Harvard University; Massachusets
Year
1944
ISBN
 
Description
A botanical journal, it has a good article on New Guinea plants. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, and probably also for its wood.
The plant has a very restricted native range. It is classified as 'Critically Endangered' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2013)[
338
Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
,
747
Title
Journal of the Arnold Arboretum Vol. 25
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Harvard University; Massachusets
Year
1944
ISBN
 
Description
A botanical journal, it has a good article on New Guinea plants. It can be downloaded from the Internet.

Range

E. Asia - southwest China.

Habitat

Mixed woods, at elevations around 1,200 metres[
747
Title
Journal of the Arnold Arboretum Vol. 25
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Harvard University; Massachusets
Year
1944
ISBN
 
Description
A botanical journal, it has a good article on New Guinea plants. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Properties

Conservation StatusCritically Endangered
Edibility Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitTree
Height18.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

The oily seeds are edible[
747
Title
Journal of the Arnold Arboretum Vol. 25
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Harvard University; Massachusets
Year
1944
ISBN
 
Description
A botanical journal, it has a good article on New Guinea plants. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

We do not have any specific information on the wood of this species. However, the following is a general description of the wood from plants in this genus:-
The heartwood varies from light brown, grayish, greenish-yellow to reddish-brown, often with irregular dark brown to nearly black banding; the wide band of sapwood is pinkish, or grayish. The texture is moderately fine to coarse; the grain straight to interlocked and irregular, with a decorative figure if quarter cut; the wood is lustrous; there is no distinctive odour or taste. The heartwood is not durable and is not resistant to termite attack. The wood is easy to work; glues satisfactorily; takes a good finish and polish; veneers well. It is used for purposes such as furniture and cabinetwork, paneling, decorative veneers (walnut-like in appearance), gunstocks, flooring, joinery[
316
Title
Tropical Timbers of the World. Ag. Handbook No. 607.
Publication
 
Author
Chudnoff. Martin.
Publisher
USDA Forest Service. Wisconsin.
Year
1984
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details on the properties of the wood of almost 400 species of trees from the Tropics.
].

Propagation

Seed -
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