Achras venosa Mart.
Lucuma venosa (Mart.) Mart. & Miq.
Radlkoferella venosa (Mart.) Pierre
Sapota venosa (Mart.) A.DC.
Vitellaria venosa (Mart.) Radlk.
Common Name: Aboirana
Aboirana is an evergreen tree with a wide, roundish and dense crown[
]. The tree grows from 12 - 24 metres tall with a bole 30 - 60cm in diameter[
The edible fruit is gathered from the wild and consumed locally, though it is not widely appreciated[
Northern S. America - Brazil, Venezuela, French Guiana, Surinam, Guyana.
]. Found mainly in primary forests on the tops of slopes in well-drained, fertile, clayey soils[
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Grows best in a moist soil in dappled shade[
]. Prefers a clayey, fertile, well-drained soil in the wild[
Fruit - raw[
]. A starchy, fleshy pulp with a slightly sweet flavour[
]. The fruits are about 7cm in diameter, containing 1 - 4 large seeds[
The bark is astringent[
]. A decoction is used as a treatment for diarrhoea[
The seeds are analgesic, cardiac[
]. They are chewed or grated, placed in cold water, and drunk in order to relieve pains in the chest and heart and to prevent fluttering of the heart[
]. The grated seeds are soaked in water overnight and drunk as a treatment for heartburn[
The grated fruits are boiled with water and drunk as an antidiarrhoeal[
The wood is heavy, hard, straight-grained, of fine to medium texture[
]. It has a good, natural resistance to insects and is quite durable[
]. It is used for construction, railway ties, fencing etc[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a nursery seedbed in semi-shade[
]. The seed germinates in 6 - 9 weeks, but less than 50% germinate[
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