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Useful Tropical Plants

Omphalocarpum elatum

Miers

Sapotaceae

+ Synonyms

Omphalocarpum anocentrum Pierre ex Engl.

Omphalocarpum radlkoferi Baill.

Omphalocarpum trillesianum Pierre ex Engl.

Common Name:

Omphalocarpum elatum
Fruits ripening along the trunk
Photograph by: Bernard Dupont
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General Information

Omphalocarpum elatum is an evergreen tree with a compact crown growing around 25 - 30 metres tall. The slender, cylindrical bole is around 80cm in diameter (with exceptional specimens to 180cm), unbuttressed but slightly fluted[
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The Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa.
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Author
Burkil. H. M.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
1985 - 2004
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Brief descriptions and details of the uses of over 4,000 plants. A superb, if terse, resource, it is also available electronically on the Web - see http://www.aluka.org/
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The tree is harvested from the wild for local medicinal use, and also as a source of timber and latex.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

West tropical Africa - Sierra Leone to Zaire.

Habitat

Scattered in evergreen forest, often in humid localities[
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]. Deciduous and lowland rain-forest[
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Title
The Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa.
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Author
Burkil. H. M.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
1985 - 2004
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Description
Brief descriptions and details of the uses of over 4,000 plants. A superb, if terse, resource, it is also available electronically on the Web - see http://www.aluka.org/
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Properties

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HabitEvergreen Tree
Height25.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



The plant flowers and fruits throughout the year, the fruits taking about one year to ripen[
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]. They are eaten by elephants, which are the only animals able to crack open the hard, thick shell. The elephants swallow the pulp together with the seeds, which are deposited in the dung and thus dispersed. It seems that the presence of elephants is needed for successful seed germination under natural conditions, because the seeds of rotten fruits on the ground are destroyed by insects and seedlings are not found under trees in regions where elephants have disappeared[
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Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

A decoction of the bark is used in traditional medicine to treat constipation and restore milk flow in nursing mothers[
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A decoction of the bark, combined with the fruits of peppers (Capsicum annuum) and Solanum anguivi, is used to treat malaria[
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A decoction of the young leaves is used for the treatment of cough[
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A mixture of the seeds and crushed bark, diluted in palm wine, is used as a purgative in case of poisoning and to treat scrotal elephantiasis[
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The seeds are used in the treatment of yaws[
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In tests the bark showed high in-vitro anthelmintic activity against Haemonchus contortus larvae[
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The seeds contain alkaloids and saponins[
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Other Uses

An oil is obtained from the seed[
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Dictionary of Economic Plants.
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Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
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An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
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The latex has been used as an adulterant of rubber[
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The seeds are used for decorative purposes such as making necklaces[
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The heartwood is pale reddish brown or pale brown with a pinkish tinge, and indistinctly demarcated from the whitish sapwood[
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]. The grain is straight or slightly wavy, texture is moderately fine. Fresh wood has a foetid smell, but dry wood is odourless. The wood is fairly easy to work and finishes smoothly. It is only moderately durable[
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]. The wood is used for planks, implements such as mortars and bowls, handles, seats and drums. It is also used for dugout canoes[
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Propagation

Seed - those that have passed through an elephant’s gut germinate after about 2 weeks; seeds extracted from the fruits take 3 - 9 weeks[
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]. The seedlings are probably shade tolerant[
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