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Useful Tropical Plants

Mammea odorata

(Raf.) Kosterm.

Clusiaceae

+ Synonyms

Calophyllum excelsum Zoll. & Moritzi

Calysaccion obovale Miq.

Calysaccion tinctorium Seem.

Lignum clavorum Rumph.

Lolanara odorata Raf.

Ochrocarpos excelsus Vesque

Ochrocarpos odoratus (Raf.) Merr.

Ochrocarpos tinctorius (Seem.) Benth. & Hook.f. ex Drake

Common Name:

Mammea odorata
Drawing of a flowering branch
Photograph by: Seemann, B., Flora Vitiensis, vol. 2: t. 9 (1873) [W.H. Fitch]
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General Information

Mammea odorata is an evergreen tree with a wide, spreading crown, growing from 4 - 12 metres tall[
354
Title
Plants of Guam
Publication
 
Author
Moore P.H. & McMakin P.
Website
http://university.uog.edu/cals/people/POG/scipn.htm
Publisher
University of Guam.
Year
1979
ISBN
 
Description
Brief details, usually with a photo, of plants native to the island of Guam, often together with some information on their uses. An online version is available.
,
689
Title
Journal of the Arnold Arboretum Vol. 55
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Harvard University.
Year
1974
ISBN
 
Description
Various articles on plants, including a revision of the genus Acronychia. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
]. The bole can be up to 30cm in diameter and unbranched for up to 5 metres[
459
Title
The Useful Plants of the Island of Guam
Publication
Contributions from the United States National Herbarium Vol 9
Author
Safford W.E.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
Smithsonian Institute; Washington.
Year
1905
ISBN
 
Description
A very comprehensive, if rather dated, guide to the plants of Guam. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a dye and source of wood.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

490
Title
Flora Vitiensis Nova
Publication
 
Author
Smith. A.C.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Pacific Tropical Botanical Garden; Hawaii
Year
1979
ISBN
 
Description
A comprehensive flora of Fiji, often showing plant uses. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
,
689
Title
Journal of the Arnold Arboretum Vol. 55
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Harvard University.
Year
1974
ISBN
 
Description
Various articles on plants, including a revision of the genus Acronychia. It can be downloaded from the Internet.

Range

Southeast Asia - Indonesia, Philippines to western Pacific.

Habitat

Beach thickets, often on limestome, or on the inner edges of mangrove swamps[
689
Title
Journal of the Arnold Arboretum Vol. 55
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Harvard University.
Year
1974
ISBN
 
Description
Various articles on plants, including a revision of the genus Acronychia. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
]. Rocky places near the shore[
459
Title
The Useful Plants of the Island of Guam
Publication
Contributions from the United States National Herbarium Vol 9
Author
Safford W.E.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
Smithsonian Institute; Washington.
Year
1905
ISBN
 
Description
A very comprehensive, if rather dated, guide to the plants of Guam. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height10.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details


Judging by the plant's habitat, it is likely to tolerate maritime exposure[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].
The tree self-sows freely within its native range[
459
Title
The Useful Plants of the Island of Guam
Publication
Contributions from the United States National Herbarium Vol 9
Author
Safford W.E.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
Smithsonian Institute; Washington.
Year
1905
ISBN
 
Description
A very comprehensive, if rather dated, guide to the plants of Guam. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

A latex obtained from the plant[
689
Title
Journal of the Arnold Arboretum Vol. 55
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Harvard University.
Year
1974
ISBN
 
Description
Various articles on plants, including a revision of the genus Acronychia. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
] (the sap according to another report[
490
Title
Flora Vitiensis Nova
Publication
 
Author
Smith. A.C.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Pacific Tropical Botanical Garden; Hawaii
Year
1979
ISBN
 
Description
A comprehensive flora of Fiji, often showing plant uses. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
]), has been used to dye hair orange-brown[
689
Title
Journal of the Arnold Arboretum Vol. 55
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Harvard University.
Year
1974
ISBN
 
Description
Various articles on plants, including a revision of the genus Acronychia. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

A dye, somewhat like that obtained from sappan-wood, is obtained from the red heartwood[
459
Title
The Useful Plants of the Island of Guam
Publication
Contributions from the United States National Herbarium Vol 9
Author
Safford W.E.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
Smithsonian Institute; Washington.
Year
1905
ISBN
 
Description
A very comprehensive, if rather dated, guide to the plants of Guam. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

The dark red wood is close-grained, hard, heavy and durable[
354
Title
Plants of Guam
Publication
 
Author
Moore P.H. & McMakin P.
Website
http://university.uog.edu/cals/people/POG/scipn.htm
Publisher
University of Guam.
Year
1979
ISBN
 
Description
Brief details, usually with a photo, of plants native to the island of Guam, often together with some information on their uses. An online version is available.
,
459
Title
The Useful Plants of the Island of Guam
Publication
Contributions from the United States National Herbarium Vol 9
Author
Safford W.E.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
Smithsonian Institute; Washington.
Year
1905
ISBN
 
Description
A very comprehensive, if rather dated, guide to the plants of Guam. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
,
689
Title
Journal of the Arnold Arboretum Vol. 55
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Harvard University.
Year
1974
ISBN
 
Description
Various articles on plants, including a revision of the genus Acronychia. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
]. As the tree grows old a red heartwood is developed which at length takes up a great part of the trunk. The wood is highly prized locally[
459
Title
The Useful Plants of the Island of Guam
Publication
Contributions from the United States National Herbarium Vol 9
Author
Safford W.E.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
Smithsonian Institute; Washington.
Year
1905
ISBN
 
Description
A very comprehensive, if rather dated, guide to the plants of Guam. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
]. It has been used for posts and beams in house construction, for making tool handles, and also in the construction of bull carts[
354
Title
Plants of Guam
Publication
 
Author
Moore P.H. & McMakin P.
Website
http://university.uog.edu/cals/people/POG/scipn.htm
Publisher
University of Guam.
Year
1979
ISBN
 
Description
Brief details, usually with a photo, of plants native to the island of Guam, often together with some information on their uses. An online version is available.
,
459
Title
The Useful Plants of the Island of Guam
Publication
Contributions from the United States National Herbarium Vol 9
Author
Safford W.E.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
Smithsonian Institute; Washington.
Year
1905
ISBN
 
Description
A very comprehensive, if rather dated, guide to the plants of Guam. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Propagation

Seed -
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