Seeds exhibited in the Kunming Botanical Garden, Kunming, Yunnan, China
Photograph by: Daderot
Dracontomelon macrocarpum is a tree growing 18 - 23 metres tall[
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)[
E. Asia - southwest China.
Mixed woods, at elevations around 1,200 metres[
|Conservation Status||Critically Endangered
|Other Uses Rating||
The oily seeds are edible[
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[
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