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Useful Tropical Plants

Letestua durissima

(A.Chev.) Lecomte

Sapotaceae

+ Synonyms

Letestua floribunda Lecomte

Pierreodendron durissimum A.Chev.

Common Name:

Letestua durissima
Dried specimen of a leafy shoot
Photograph by: Missouri Botanical Garden
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General Information

Letestua durissima is a tree that can grow up to 50 metres tall. The straight, cylindrical bole can be branchless for up to 40 metres and up to 240cm in diameter; the base is fluted or with steep buttresses[
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The wood is highly valued for its denseness and durability, being used in heavy construction etc. It is commonly harvested from the wild and traded internationally on a small scale[
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Known Hazards

The sawdust can have an irritant effect[
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Botanical References


Range

West tropical Africa - Gabon, Congo.

Habitat

Primary rainforest[
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Properties

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HabitTree
Height40.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

A bark decoction is a component of a traditional medicine against leprosy[
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Other Uses

The heartwood is fairly dark red-brown, turning chestnut brown with age; it is distinctly demarcated from the 5 - 9cm wide band of pale brown sapwood. The grain is usually straight, but sometimes interlocked; the texture fine to medium. The wood is very heavy; very hard; strong; resilient; stiff; very durable, it is rarely attacked by termites, but must be treated to prevent marine borer attack; the sapwood is not susceptible to Lyctus borers. Shrinkage rates are high; drying is slow, with high risks of distortion and checking; the dried wood is fairly stable. The wood is slow and difficult to saw due to the high silica content, which leads to severe blunting, and an irritating dust is produced; it should be sawn as fresh as possible and stellite-tipped sawteeth are recommended; planing is relatively easy and gives a smooth surface; pre-boring for nailing and screwing is recommended to avoid splitting, but the wood holds nails well; it glues well, when done carefully. The wood is considered suitable for heavy construction and flooring, mine props, ship and boat building, vehicle bodies, sporting goods, agricultural implements, musical instruments, precision equipment, joinery, sleepers, poles and piles, toys and novelties, and pattern making. The low saturation point makes the wood suitable for use in humid conditions such as mine work[
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Propagation

Seed - should be sown fresh, when the germination rate will often be virtually 100% within 7 - 30 days[
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Cite as: Tropical Plants Database, Ken Fern. tropical.theferns.info. 2019-12-06. <tropical.theferns.info/viewtropical.php?id=Letestua+durissima>

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