Chrysobalanus incanus (Aubl.) M.Gómez
Hedycrea incana (Aubl.) J.F.Gmel.
Licania crassifolia Benth.
Licania leptostachya crassifolia (Benth.) Benoist
Licania incana is a shrub or sometimes a small tree that can grow up to 10 metres tall[
]. The bole can be 50 - 60cm in diameter[
The plant is harvested from the wild as a food and source of wood and tannins. It is sometimes cultivated for its edible fruit[
Northern S. America - northern Brazil, Venezuela, the Guyanas.
Savannah forests, dry sand savannahs and savannah margins[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
]. The fruit is the size of a large olive and is dotted with red; the pulp is white; melting, and of a sweetish taste[
The bark is a source of tannins[
The yellow wood is hard and very heavy[
]. A beautiful wood, it is often used in cabinet making and joinery, as well as general construction, internal and external works[
We have no more specific information on the qualities of this wood, the following is the general description for the genus:-
The wood is a pale or pinkish brown with a greyish tinge, sometimes darkening on exposure, and with long, broad, prominent, dark reddish brown gum streaks[
]. Straight-grained; medium or coarse-textured; when seasoned it is odourless and tasteless. The wood is heavy, hard, strong, and durable. It is easy to split and takes a smooth, fairly lustrous polish[
]. It should be suitable for heavy construction[
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