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Useful Tropical Plants

Palaquium amboinense

Burck.

Sapotaceae

+ Synonyms

Isonandra amboinensis (Burck) Baehni

Palaquium jambos Pierre ex Dubard

Palaquium javense Burck

Common Name:

Palaquium amboinense
Drawing of the fruiting branch
Photograph by: Rumphius, G.E., Herbarium amboinense, vol. 3: p. 210, t. 135 (1743)
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General Information

Palaquium amboinense is an evergreen, emergent tree or large canopy tree growing up to 40 metres tall. The bole is straight and cylindrical, up to 60cm in diameter and up to 25 metres long before the first branches. It has buttresses that can be up to 2 metres high[
388
Title
Guide to the Trees of Papua New Guinea
Publication
 
Author
Conn. B.J. & Damas. K.Q.
Website
http://www.pngplants.org/PNGtrees/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An Internet site giving good descriptions of the trees of Papua New Guinea.
].
The seeds are harvested from the wild as a source of oil, which is used locally. The trees are sometimes harvested for their timber, which is exported.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

388
Title
Guide to the Trees of Papua New Guinea
Publication
 
Author
Conn. B.J. & Damas. K.Q.
Website
http://www.pngplants.org/PNGtrees/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An Internet site giving good descriptions of the trees of Papua New Guinea.

Range

Southeast Asia - Indonesia, through Papua New Guinea to the Solomon Islands.

Habitat

Rainforests[
388
Title
Guide to the Trees of Papua New Guinea
Publication
 
Author
Conn. B.J. & Damas. K.Q.
Website
http://www.pngplants.org/PNGtrees/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An Internet site giving good descriptions of the trees of Papua New Guinea.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitTree
Height5.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

A fatty oil obtained from the seeds is used as a butter[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
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.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

A fatty oil obtained from the seeds is used for illumination[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
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.
].

The wood is used for furniture and structural work[
467
Title
The Philippine Journal of Science. Vol. 4
Publication
 
Author
Freer P.C. (Editor)
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
The Bureau of Science, Philippines.
Year
1909
ISBN
 
Description
A number of articles on Philippine plants, including one on the qualities of Philippine woods.
].

Propagation

Seed -

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