Uapaca corbisieri De Wild.
Uapaca esculenta A.Chev. ex AubrÃ©v. & Leandri
Uapaca goossensii De Wild.
Uapaca nymphaeantha Pax & K.Hoffm.
Uapaca pynaertii is an evergreen tree growing up to 40 metres tall. The bole can be 70cm or more in diameter with stilt roots up to 4 metres high[
The fruit is a popular wild food in much of its range, being commonly gathered for local use[
]. The tree also provides a useful timber.
West tropical Africa - Sierra Leone, Liberia, Cote D'Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria, Gabon, Central African Republic, DR Congo.
]. Primary and secondary forest, on dry land as well under marshy conditions, sometimes in riverine forest[
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A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required[
Fruit - raw[
]. It resembles the medlar (Mespilus germanica) in flavour[
]. The fruit is much larger than those of other species in the genus with edible fruits, being up to 5cm long by 2.25cm in diameter[
The heart-wood is light pink; the sap-wood pale yellow. The wood is hard. It is used for carpentry and sawing into planks. It is used traditionally for making canoes[
The wood makes a good charcoal, favoured by blacksmiths in Ghana[
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