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Useful Tropical Plants

Galbulimima belgraveana

(F.Muell.) Sprague

Himantandraceae

+ Synonyms

Eupomatia belgraveana F.Muell.

Galbulimima baccata F.M.Bailey

Galbulimima nitida (Baker f. & Norman) Sprague

Galbulimima parvifolia (Baker f. & Norman) Sprague

Himantandra baccata (F.M.Bailey) Diels

Himantandra nitida Baker f. & C.Norman

Himantandra parvifolia Baker f. & C.Norman

Common Name:

Galbulimima belgraveana
Flower and leaves
Photograph by: Fagg M.; Australian National Botanic Gardens
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General Information

Galbulimima belgraveana is an evergreen tree with a densely compact crown; it can grow 15 - 36 metres tall. The straight, cylindrical bole can be free of branches for 10 - 25 metres, 30 - 50cm in diameter, sometimes deeply fluted or with buttresses up to 3 metres high and 1 metre wide at the base[
388
Title
Guide to the Trees of Papua New Guinea
Publication
 
Author
Conn. B.J. & Damas. K.Q.
Website
http://www.pngplants.org/PNGtrees/
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Description
An Internet site giving good descriptions of the trees of Papua New Guinea.
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441
Title
Handbooks of the Flora of Papua New Guinea
Publication
 
Author
Womersley. J.S. (Editor)
Publisher
Melbourne University Press
Year
1995
ISBN
0 522 84095 7
Description
Only a part of the flora, but an excellent publication in 3 volumes. It can be downloaded from the internet.
].
The tree is a rich source of alkaloids and is harvested from the wild for local use as a hallucinogenic. It is also the source of a decorative wood - this is traded commercially, though only in small quantities[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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Website
http://proseanet.org/
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ISBN
 
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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Known Hazards

The extremely bitter-tasting bark is poisonous[
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Title
Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants
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Author
 
Website
http://www.anbg.gov.au/cpbr/cd-keys/rfk/index.html
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Description
An online resource giving botanical information, and a little bit about plant usage, for over 2,700 species of plants found in the Australian rainforest.
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Botanical References

441
Title
Handbooks of the Flora of Papua New Guinea
Publication
 
Author
Womersley. J.S. (Editor)
Publisher
Melbourne University Press
Year
1995
ISBN
0 522 84095 7
Description
Only a part of the flora, but an excellent publication in 3 volumes. It can be downloaded from the internet.

Range

Australasia - New Guinea, Bismarck and Solomon Islands, northeast Australia.

Habitat

A canopy tree, locally common in primary rain forest, found on hill slopes and ridges at elevations up to 2,700 metres, but mostly from 1,000 - 2000 metres. In montane forest found in association with Nothofagus and also common in Fagaceae forest[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
].

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height25.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



The plant can flower and produce fruit all year round[
441
Title
Handbooks of the Flora of Papua New Guinea
Publication
 
Author
Womersley. J.S. (Editor)
Publisher
Melbourne University Press
Year
1995
ISBN
0 522 84095 7
Description
Only a part of the flora, but an excellent publication in 3 volumes. It can be downloaded from the internet.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

Leaves and bark contain alkaloids which are both narcotic and hallucinogenic, and are used in New Guinea in combination with the leaves of a Homalomena species (Araceae)[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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The bark is brewed into a tea and taken internally. It produces intoxication, which is followed by a deep sleep during which visions are experienced[
713
Title
Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.anbg.gov.au/cpbr/cd-keys/rfk/index.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An online resource giving botanical information, and a little bit about plant usage, for over 2,700 species of plants found in the Australian rainforest.
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The fruit has also narcotic properties and is chewed[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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The fruits and other parts (leaves, bark etc) contain alkaloids and the family is one of the most alkaloid-rich groups among the Angiosperms[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
].
The species is a rich source of alkaloids that cause intoxication followed by hallucinations. The level of alkaloids is such that pigeons feeding on the fruits in New Guinea are reported to have sufficient levels of the hallucinogens in their flesh to produce a reaction in anyone dining on them[
713
Title
Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.anbg.gov.au/cpbr/cd-keys/rfk/index.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An online resource giving botanical information, and a little bit about plant usage, for over 2,700 species of plants found in the Australian rainforest.
].

Other Uses

The heartwood is off-white to pale brown; the sapwood is white. The wood has a fragrant odour when fresh, though this is rarely persistant in dry material. It is of moderate strength, moderately hard, non-durable, the sapwood being susceptible to lyctus. Shrinkage upon seasoning is low. Its rotary peeling is good. A lightweight to medium-weight hardwood, it is a useful, decorative timber. The wood is used for light framing, moulding, dowels, interior trim, wall panelling, cabinet work, joinery, plywood, clog soles, boat building, fruit cases and brushware[
310
Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
,
713
Title
Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.anbg.gov.au/cpbr/cd-keys/rfk/index.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An online resource giving botanical information, and a little bit about plant usage, for over 2,700 species of plants found in the Australian rainforest.
].

Propagation

Seed -

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