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Uapaca acuminata

(Hutch.) Pax & K.Hoffm.

Phyllanthaceae

+ Synonyms

Uapaca heudelotii acuminata Hutch.

Common Name:

Uapaca acuminata
Fruiting branch
Photograph by: Tariq Stévart
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Uapaca acuminata Uapaca acuminata

General Information

Uapaca acuminata is a tree with a crown of slender branches; it can grow 15 - 35 metres tall, perhaps more. The bole can be 80cm in diameter, with stilt roots up to 6 metres or more high[
328
Title
African Flowering Plants Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.ville-ge.ch/musinfo/bd/cjb/africa/recherche.php
Publisher
Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques.
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Contains information on over 150,000 plant names (including synonyms) giving a description and habitat, plus a distribution map.
,
965
Title
Uapaca (Phyllanthaceae) in the Guineo-Congolian forest region: a synoptic revision
Publication
Plant Ecology and Evolution 146 (1) 75 - 94
Author
Breteler F. J.
Website
http://dx.doi.org/10.5091/plecevo.2013.770
Publisher
Royal Botanical Society of Belgium
Year
2013
ISBN
2032-3913
Description
A revision of the west African members of the genus Uapaca
].
The tree is harvested from the wild mainly for local use, probably as a food and also as a source of wood.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

965
Title
Uapaca (Phyllanthaceae) in the Guineo-Congolian forest region: a synoptic revision
Publication
Plant Ecology and Evolution 146 (1) 75 - 94
Author
Breteler F. J.
Website
http://dx.doi.org/10.5091/plecevo.2013.770
Publisher
Royal Botanical Society of Belgium
Year
2013
ISBN
2032-3913
Description
A revision of the west African members of the genus Uapaca

Range

West tropical Africa - southern Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon, Congo, western DR Congo, northern Angola.

Habitat

Primary and secondary rain forests at elevations up to 200 metres[
328
Title
African Flowering Plants Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.ville-ge.ch/musinfo/bd/cjb/africa/recherche.php
Publisher
Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques.
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Contains information on over 150,000 plant names (including synonyms) giving a description and habitat, plus a distribution map.
,
965
Title
Uapaca (Phyllanthaceae) in the Guineo-Congolian forest region: a synoptic revision
Publication
Plant Ecology and Evolution 146 (1) 75 - 94
Author
Breteler F. J.
Website
http://dx.doi.org/10.5091/plecevo.2013.770
Publisher
Royal Botanical Society of Belgium
Year
2013
ISBN
2032-3913
Description
A revision of the west African members of the genus Uapaca
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitTree
Height25.00 m
Self-fertileNo
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required[
965
Title
Uapaca (Phyllanthaceae) in the Guineo-Congolian forest region: a synoptic revision
Publication
Plant Ecology and Evolution 146 (1) 75 - 94
Author
Breteler F. J.
Website
http://dx.doi.org/10.5091/plecevo.2013.770
Publisher
Royal Botanical Society of Belgium
Year
2013
ISBN
2032-3913
Description
A revision of the west African members of the genus Uapaca
].

Edible Uses

We do not have specific information for this species, but the fruits of many members of this genus are edible, generally sweet and juicy[
965
Title
Uapaca (Phyllanthaceae) in the Guineo-Congolian forest region: a synoptic revision
Publication
Plant Ecology and Evolution 146 (1) 75 - 94
Author
Breteler F. J.
Website
http://dx.doi.org/10.5091/plecevo.2013.770
Publisher
Royal Botanical Society of Belgium
Year
2013
ISBN
2032-3913
Description
A revision of the west African members of the genus Uapaca
]. The more or less ellipsoid fruit is 20 - 25mm long and 18 - 20mm wide, containing 3 seeds[
965
Title
Uapaca (Phyllanthaceae) in the Guineo-Congolian forest region: a synoptic revision
Publication
Plant Ecology and Evolution 146 (1) 75 - 94
Author
Breteler F. J.
Website
http://dx.doi.org/10.5091/plecevo.2013.770
Publisher
Royal Botanical Society of Belgium
Year
2013
ISBN
2032-3913
Description
A revision of the west African members of the genus Uapaca
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

We do not have a specific description for the wood of this species. However, a general description for the wood of the West African, stilt-rooted members of this genus is as follows:-
The heartwood is a pale red, red-brown, or chocolate-brown; it is usually not clearly demarcated from the paler sapwood. The texture is mostly medium to coarse; the grain generally straight; there is little lustre. The heartwood ranges from moderately durable to highly so, and is moderately resistant to termite attack. Generally care is required in seasoning, best results are obtained if quartersawn, logs should be converted soon after extraction to minimize shake
and checking. The wood saws with some difficulty due to a high silica content, it generally finishes well and glues satisfactorily. It is used for purposes such as light construction, boatbuilding, flooring[
316
Title
Tropical Timbers of the World. Ag. Handbook No. 607.
Publication
 
Author
Chudnoff. Martin.
Publisher
USDA Forest Service. Wisconsin.
Year
1984
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details on the properties of the wood of almost 400 species of trees from the Tropics.
].
A good fuel and charcoal wood[
316
Title
Tropical Timbers of the World. Ag. Handbook No. 607.
Publication
 
Author
Chudnoff. Martin.
Publisher
USDA Forest Service. Wisconsin.
Year
1984
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details on the properties of the wood of almost 400 species of trees from the Tropics.
].

Propagation

Seed -
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