Lecomtedoxa clitandrifolia (A.Chev.) Baehni
Le-Monniera clitandrifolia (A.Chev.) Lecomte
Mimusops clitandrifolia A.Chev.
Pouteria aylmeri (M.B.Scott) Baehni
Sideroxylon aylmeri M.B.Scott
Neolemonniera clitandrifolia is a tree with a dome-shaped crown; it can grow up to 35 metres tall. The bole can be up to 90cm in diameter, with flayed buttresses up to 3 metres high, often extending into lateral roots that are surface creeping for some distance from the tree[
The plant is harvested from the wild as a local source of food, oil and wood.
Much of this plant's habitat has been lost to agriculture, mining and logging, and a rapid decline in population numbers has been observed[
]. The plant is classified as 'Endangered' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2011)[
West tropical Africa - Sierra Leone, Liberia, Cote D'Ivoire.
A rare plant that occurs scattered in dense humid forest, sometimes in small groups in hilltop forest, mainly on rocky slopes[
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The fruits are sometimes eaten[
]. Although the fruit pulp is edible, the presence of latex in the fruits makes them very sticky[
]. The fruit is a pendulous capsule 7 - 8cm in diameter, containing a single large seed up to 35mm long and 15mm wide[
An oil is obtained from the seed. It is used for frying foodl[
]. The taste of the oil is said to be similar to that of coconut oil[
An oil is obtained from the seed. It is used as a hair oil[
A white latex exudes from the bark[
]. No uses are recorded.
The heartwood is reddish or purplish brown; the sapwood is pinkish. The grain is fairly straight; texture medium. The wood is heavy; tough; very hard; and vert durable. It requires care in seasoning. The wood is rather difficult to work, but it finishes smoothly. It is used for construction, planks and canoes, but the extent of its actual usage is unclear[
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