Uapaca brieyi De Wild.
Uapaca le-testuana A.Chev.
Uapaca vanhouttei is an evergreen tree usually growing up to 20 metres tall, but with reports of plants up to 30 metres. The bole can be 30cm or more in diameter with stilt roots up to 5 metres high[
The tree is harvested from the wild mainly for local use, probably as a food and also as a source of wood.
West tropical Africa - southeast Nigeria, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Gabon, Congo, DR Congo.
Riverine forest, marshy forest; at elevations up to 1,500 metres[
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A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required[
We do not have specific information for this species, but the fruits of many members of this genus are edible, generally sweet and juicy[
]. The subglobose fruit is 20 - 31mm in diameter and 18 - 28mm long[
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[
A good fuel and charcoal wood[
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