Uapaca bossenge De Wild.
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Uapaca prominenticarinata De Wild.
Uapaca heudelotii is an evergreen tree with a dense, low-branching crown; it usually grows up to 30 metres tall, though specimens to 40 metres have been recorded The bole is up to 100cm in diameter, usually with many stilt roots up to 3 metres high. The bole is seldom branchless for more than 7 - 8 metres[
The plant is used locally as a source of food, medicines and timber. It is planted by rivers to stabilize the soil.
West tropical Africa - Senegal to Central African Republic, south to Angola and DR Congo.
Riparian situations in the closed and fringing-forests[
]. Always in wet places, mostly on river borders, usually partly in the water[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required[
]. The flavour is said to be similar to the medlar (Mespilus germanica)[
]. The ellipsoid to obovoid fruit is 22 - 30 mm long and 18 - 22mm wide[
The inner bark contains a sticky red sap. A bark-extract is used on skin-affections and as an emetic[
A stem or root-bark-decoction is used in the treatment of female sterility, food-poisoning, rheumatism, localised oedemas and rachitic and premature babies. It is applied as an enema in the treatment of haemorrhoids[
The decoction is used as a mouthwash and gargle for treating tooth-troubles[
The leaves, or the bark, are pulped with palm-oil for external application to furuncles, migraines and rheumatism; it is also used as a massage for children who are late in learning to walk[
A quantity of saponin is present in the leaves, but there are no reports of other active principles[
The plant (part not specified) is used to promote intelligence[
The stilt-roots, and in addition adventitious aeration roots, of the tree on stream-banks encourage accumulation of silt and the formation of solid ground, thus countering erosion[
The inner bark contains a sticky red sap. A bark-extract is used to dye fishing-lines[
The heartwood is reddish-brown; the sapwood light-coloured tinged with red[
]. The grain resembles mahogany but is a bit harder, more fibrous and less easily worked. The wood is durable. It splits well. It is cut for building poles; is suitable for carpentry and general construction; is used in buildings; and is cut for planks and timbers. It has been suggested for barrel-staves[
The stilt-roots and the branches are used for ribs of boats and parts of canoes[
The wood makes a good fuel and charcoal[
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