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Useful Tropical Plants

Streblus dimepate

(Bureau) C.C.Berg

Moraceae

+ Synonyms

Pachytrophe dimepate Bureau

Pachytrophe obovata Bureau

Plecospermum bureaui A.G.Richt.

Plecospermum laurifolium Baill.

Plecospermum obovatum Bureau ex A.G.Richt.

Common Name:

Streblus dimepate
Ripe fruit
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General Information

Streblus dimepate is a much-branched, evergreen or deciduous shrub or a tree; it can grow up to 30 metres tall. All parts of the plant contain a white latex[
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The tree is harvested from the wild for local use, supplying food, medicine and a useful wood.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

455
Title
Flore de Madagascar et des Comores
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Author
Humbert H.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
Museum National D'Histoire Naturelle; Paris
Year
1946 - 1984
ISBN
 
Description
Written in French, an excellent flora of the area though it has not been completed. Available for download from the Internet.

Range

Africa - eastern and northwestern Madagascar.

Habitat

Dry to humid forest or thickets, in both primary and the more open secondary formations; often along streams or seashores; at elevations up to 1,000 metres[
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Properties

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HabitSemi-deciduous Tree
Height15.00 m
Self-fertileNo
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



The plant probably flowers all year round[
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A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required[
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Edible Uses

The infructescence is edible[
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Medicinal

In traditional medicine, an infusion of the bark and leaf is drunk against jaundice[
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Other Uses

The heartwood is brown, strongly darkening on exposure; it is clearly demarcated from the greyish beige sapwood. The grain is straight, sometimes wavy, texture very fine; it is nicely figured with black veins. The wood is heavy, very hard, very durable, being very resistant to fungal attacks and having good resistance against termites. It air dries slowly with a slight risk of distortion; once dried it is not stable in service. Due to its hardness, the wood is difficult to work; it usually takes a good polish and finishes well; it glues easily, but nailing is very difficult and pre-boring is recommended. The wood is beautiful and very durable, but difficult to work. It is used for posts in house construction because of its high durability in contact with the soil, and it has been used for railway sleepers. It is not much used for other purposes because of its difficult to work, however it is suitable for heavy construction (including bridges and sluice gates), heavy flooring, carpentry, vehicle bodies, carving, turnery and sliced veneer[
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The wood is also used as fuelwood and for the production of charcoal[
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Propagation

Seed -
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