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Useful Tropical Plants

Sageraea elliptica

(A.DC.) Hook.f. & Thomson

Annonaceae

+ Synonyms

Bocagea elliptica (A.DC.) Hook.f. & Thomson

Diospyros frondosa Wall.

Sageraea hookeri Pierre

Uvaria elliptica A.DC.

Common Name:

Sageraea elliptica
Developing fruits
Photograph by: Simon Gardner
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Sageraea elliptica Sageraea elliptica

General Information

Sageraea elliptica is an evergreen tree growing up to 25 metres tall.
The wood is very valuable, being light yet very strong, hard and elastic. It is harvested from the wild.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

E. Asia - Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Nicobar and Andaman Islands.

Habitat

Found at elevations from sea level to 100 metres[
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Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height25.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

A plant of the wet, lowland tropics, where it is found at elevations up to 100 metres. It grows best in areas where annual daytime temperatures are within the range 22 - 30°c, but can tolerate 18 - 35°c[
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Prefers a position in full sun, tolerating light shade[
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Ecocrop
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http://ecocrop.fao.org/ecocrop/srv/en/home
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Basic information on a wide range of useful plants, plus details of environmental needs where available.
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Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The wood is a straw yellow colour, with an exceedingly hard, bony grain; it is very tough, very strong, and yet pliable. This combination of exceptional strength, toughness, and elasticity in a wood which is also very light in weight, gives it a value that is unique. It has been used traditionally to make bows. It has been suggested that the wood should certainly be tested for hammer and pickaxe handles, picking arms, boat ribs etc., but this wood is far too valuable to warrant its use for such purposes as pickaxe handles, for which many far less valuable timbers could be found[
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Title
A Manual of the Timbers of the World
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Author
Howard A.L.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
MacMillan and Co.; London.
Year
1934
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent and comprehensive book on timbers. Rather dated, but still a main source of information for many of the less known woods. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
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The wood is used for fuel[
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Propagation

Seed -

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