Common Name: Inoi Nut
Inoi nut is a large tree that can reach a height of 45 metres with a straight and cylindrical bole that can be unbranched for 15 - 18 metres with a diameter of 1.2 metres[
The edible seed is commonly gathered from the forest by local peoples for their own use and also to sell in local markets[
]. The timber is harvested from the wild for commercial use.
Western Tropical Africa.
]. Dense equatorial forests, often along riverbanks and coastland[
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Seed - a similar flavour to Brazil nuts[
] Used as a condiment[
]. The seed is enclosed in a hard bony shell with a rough pitted surface, and is by no means easy to extract[
A pleasant flavoured oil used for cooking is obtained from the seed[
The heartwood is pink, red or pink buff; it is clearly demarcated from the 2 - 5cm wide band of sapwood which is whitish with pink stripes. The texture is coarse; the grain straight, sometimes wavy, there is a 'silver grain' figure when quartersawn due to broad rays; the surface is lustrous. The wood is very light to light in weight; very soft to soft; somewhat durable, being resistant to dry wood borers, somewhat resistant to fungi, but susceptible to termites. It seasons fairly quickly, with only a slight risk of checking and distortion; once dry it is stable in service. It works easily with hand and machine tools; it takes a smooth finish, though rays can make polishing difficult; it peels and slices well; nails and screws poorly; gluing is correct. It is used for decorative veneers, furniture components, boxes and crates, general woodworking, joinery etc[
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