Lucuma grandiflora A.DC.
Radlkoferella eichleri (Engl.) Pierre
Radlkoferella grandiflora (A.DC.) Pierre
Vitellaria eichleri Engl.
Vitellaria grandiflora (A.DC.) Radlk.
Common Name: Bapeba
Bapeba is an evergreen tree with an elongate or pyramidal crown[
]. It grows 6 - 14 metres tall with a cylindrical bole 15 - 30cm in diameter[
The edible fruit is gathered from the wild and consumed locally, though it is not widely appreciated[
A plant of the coastal rainforest, where habitat clearance has been extensive. The plant is classified as 'Near Threatened' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2011)[
S. America - Eastern Brazil.
Littoral forests of the coastal levees on sandy soils[
|Conservation Status||Near Threatened
|Other Uses Rating||
Grows best in a sunny position[
]. Found in the wild in sandy soils[
Fruit - raw[
]. The fruit contains 1 - 4 seeds surrounded by a fleshy, floury pulp with a slightly sweet flavour[
]. The fruits are around 9cm in diameter[
The wood is heavy, hard to cut, of medium texture, straight grained and uniform[
]. It is resistant to insects and of good durability[
]. It is used for small construction work such as scantlings and beams, and for external work such as fence posts, crosspieces, stakes etc[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in individual pots in a sunny position[
]. More than 50% usually germinate in 4 - 7 weeks[
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