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Useful Tropical Plants

Xerospermum laevigatum

Radlk.

Sapindaceae

+ Synonyms

Xerospermum acuminatum Radlk.

Xerospermum unijugum Radlk.

Common Name:

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General Information

Xerospermum laevigatum varies from a shrub up to a tree that can be 36 metres tall. The bole can be up to 1 metre in diameter with buttresses up to 2.5 metres high and 2.3 metres spreading[
451
Title
Flora Malesiana Series 1
Publication
 
Author
Various
Website
http://www.archive.org
Publisher
Nationaal Herbarium Nederiand, Universiteit Leiden branch
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A massive treatment of the plants of the Malaysian Archipelago. Much of it has been made available to download from the Internet
].
The tree yields a timber and an edible fruit, which are sometimes used locally though not highly appreciated.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Southeast Asia - Myanmar, Malaysia, Indonesia.

Habitat

Primary and sometimes secondary forests, on dry land, crests, etc., on sandy clay or sandstone; at elevations up to 700 metres[
451
Title
Flora Malesiana Series 1
Publication
 
Author
Various
Website
http://www.archive.org
Publisher
Nationaal Herbarium Nederiand, Universiteit Leiden branch
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A massive treatment of the plants of the Malaysian Archipelago. Much of it has been made available to download from the Internet
].

Properties

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HabitTree
Height25.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

A plant of the lowland moist tropics.

Edible Uses

The thin sarcotesta surrounding the seed is edible and of good flavour[
310
Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
].

Medicinal

The pulped stone and the leaves are used to alleviate stomach-ache[
310
Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
].

Other Uses

The opinions on the timber quality are rather divergent, ranging from being suitable only for fuel, to being an inferior timber, or to being a good, tough, and durable timber[
451
Title
Flora Malesiana Series 1
Publication
 
Author
Various
Website
http://www.archive.org
Publisher
Nationaal Herbarium Nederiand, Universiteit Leiden branch
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A massive treatment of the plants of the Malaysian Archipelago. Much of it has been made available to download from the Internet
].

Propagation

Seed -

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