The information from Protabase[
] is for the taxon Pouteria aningeri Baehni. This is treated here as a synonym of Pouteria pierrei, in line with the World Checklist of Selected Plant Families, but is recognised as distinct in the African Plant Database[
Aningeria pierrei (A.Chev.) Aubrév. & Pellegr.
Aningeria robusta (A.Chev.) Aubrév. & Pellegr.
Hormogyne pierrei A.Chev.
Malacantha robusta A.Chev.
Pouteria aningeri Baehni
Rhamnoluma robusta (A.Chev.) Baehni
Pouteria pierrei is a deciduous tree with a dense crown; it can grow up to 40 metres tall. The straight, cylindrical bole can be up to 150cm in diameter, branchless for up to 25 metres, with triangular, often winged and branched buttresses up to 3 metres high[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use of its edible fruit. It is widely exploited for its wood, which is exported in considerable quantities as sawn wood and veneer[
Occupational asthma and contact urticaria caused by the wood dust have been recorded in sawmill workers[
West tropical Africa - Sierra Leone to Cameroon and Central African Republic.
Semi-deciduous forest and the transition zone to humid evergreen forest[
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The tree usually regenerates abundantly in the wild[
The plant is susceptible to fire; after a fire in a forest in Côte d’Ivoire 50% of the trees died within 6 years[
Seedlings are classified as non-pioneer light demanders. Although they may be very abundant around parent trees, further development depends on the presence of gaps in the forest canopy[
Fruit - raw. The pulp is eaten[
]. The red fruit is a globose berry 15 - 20mm lcontaining a single large seed[
A latex exudes from the bark[
]. No uses are recorded.
The heartwood is creamy white to pale pinkish brown; it is indistinctly demarcated from the 3 - 6cm wide band of sapwood. The grain is straight, sometimes slightly interlocked; texture fine; the wood lustrous. It is moderately light, not durable and liable to attacks by fungi, termites and dry-wood borers. Drying usually does not cause problems, but there is a slight risk of distortion and checking and a tendency to blue stain, especially in early stages of air drying. Once dry, the wood is moderately stable in service. The wood contains about 0.3% silica and consequently the blunting effect on saws and cutting tools is high. Stellite-tipped sawteeth and tungsten-carbide tools are recommended. Nailing and screwing properties are good; the wood stains, paints and glues well; slicing properties are good, and excellent veneer can be produced. The wood is especially recommended for high-quality sliced veneer. It is also used for light carpentry, interior joinery, high-class furniture and moulding[
Germination takes 2–3 weeks, and initial growth is slow[
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