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Useful Tropical Plants

Fagraea racemosa

Jack ex Wall.

Gentianaceae


A highly variable species, several forms have been distinguished[
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+ Synonyms

Fagraea maingayi C.B.Clarke

Fagraea morindaefolia (Reinw.) Blume

Fagraea subreticulata Blume

Common Name: False Coffee Tree

Fagraea racemosa
Flowers
Photograph by: Ahmad Fuad Morad
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General Information

False coffee tree is a very variable plant; usually a shrub or small to medium-sized tree growing 2 - 16 metres tall, with reports of occasional specimens as tall as 40 metres and sometimes becoming a straggling climbing plant. The bole can be up to 30cm in diameter, it is free of buttresses[
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Title
Flora Malesiana Series 1
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Author
Various
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http://www.archive.org
Publisher
Nationaal Herbarium Nederiand, Universiteit Leiden branch
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Description
A massive treatment of the plants of the Malaysian Archipelago. Much of it has been made available to download from the Internet
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The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine etc. It has potential for use as a pioneer species when restoring native woodland.

Known Hazards

The bark possesses fine, irritant hairs[
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Botanical References

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Title
Flora Malesiana Series 1
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Author
Various
Website
http://www.archive.org
Publisher
Nationaal Herbarium Nederiand, Universiteit Leiden branch
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0
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Description
A massive treatment of the plants of the Malaysian Archipelago. Much of it has been made available to download from the Internet

Range

Southeast Asia - Myanmar, Malaysia, Indo-China, Indonesia, Philippines to northern Australia.

Habitat

Light to dense primary but more often secondary forest on swampy to dry soil, along rivers but also on podzolized sands, in savannas and lalang grassland vegetation. A conspicuous element of early secondary forest on waste lands and poor soils[
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Properties

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HabitTree
Height15.00 m
PollinatorsInsects
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details


Succeeds on poor soils[
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Plants coppice and pollard freely[
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Edible Uses

The leaves are used for sealing stone ovens and for wrapping food[
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An excellent online database of a huge range of trees giving very good information on each plant - its uses, ecology, identity, propagation, pests etc.
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Medicinal

A popular remedy in Malaya, where the root is often used as a tonic after fevers[
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Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
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A decoction of leaves, bark, roots and flowers is used for medicinal purposes, mainly as a tonic after fever and for pains in the loins, but in the Philippines also as an antidote against snake bites[
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Agroforestry Uses:

Planted as a live fence[
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An excellent online database of a huge range of trees giving very good information on each plant - its uses, ecology, identity, propagation, pests etc.
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The plant is a conspicuous element of early secondary forest on wastelands and poor soils[
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World Agroforesty Centre
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An excellent online database of a huge range of trees giving very good information on each plant - its uses, ecology, identity, propagation, pests etc.
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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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Other Uses

The latex found under the skin of the fruits is often used as an adhesive[
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Title
Flora Malesiana Series 1
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Author
Various
Website
http://www.archive.org
Publisher
Nationaal Herbarium Nederiand, Universiteit Leiden branch
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A massive treatment of the plants of the Malaysian Archipelago. Much of it has been made available to download from the Internet
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Wood-tar is used to blacken teeth[
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World Agroforesty Centre
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An excellent online database of a huge range of trees giving very good information on each plant - its uses, ecology, identity, propagation, pests etc.
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The wood is used as tembesu, but the timber is often only available in small dimensions. It is used for general construction and combs[
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An excellent online database of a huge range of trees giving very good information on each plant - its uses, ecology, identity, propagation, pests etc.
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The wood is used for fuel[
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We have no more information on the wood for this species. However, the following is a general description of the wood for members of this genus:-
The heartwood is yellowish-brown to light brown, darkening upon exposure to a deep golden- or orange-brown; it is not clearly demarcated from the generally lighter coloured sapwood. The texture is variable, from fine to somewhat coarse; the grain is straight to irregular; the wood is lustrous; it has a distinct aromatic and somewhat acid odour when freshly cut, but this does not persist upon seasoning. The heartwood is reported to be very durable in ground contact and very resistant to termite attack; resistance to marine borer attack is questionable. It is reported to season slowly, otherwise it dries with little or no degrade. In Fiji quartersawing is suggested to minimize surface checking. Considering the high density, the wood is easy to saw and machine; it takes a good finish; some species are rather abrasive, however, and dull cutting edges; it is a good carving timber and turns well. The wood is used for purposes such as heavy construction, flooring, turnery, carvings, printing dies, specialty items (such as rulers, T-squares, straight edges), railroad crossties, boat construction[
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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.
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Propagation

Seed -

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