Calpocalyx aubrevillei is an evergreen tree with a thick crown growing up to 25 metres tall, occasionally to 30 metres. The bole can be straight and cylindrical, unbranched for up to 18 metres and up to 70cm in diameter; but it is often curved with branches starting from quite low down. The bole has buttresses up to 1.5 metres high and 1 metre wide; on poorly drained soils the plant produces stilt roots[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of wood.
West tropical Africa - Sierra Leone to Ghana.
Rain-forest in valleys and on river banks; very abundant or rather common by places; at elevations around 700 metres in Liberia[
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A plant of the moist lowland tropics.
The seeds are edible after cooking[
A vegetable salt is made from the ashes of the wood[
]. The evaporated leachate of the burnt ashes is used[
A relieving salve is made from the pounded seeds in palm oil. It is used to treat women’s aching breasts[
Its wood is lighter in weight than the related Calpocalyx brevibracteatus, it is not durable and is liable to warping. It is used locally in construction, and for making planks and canoes[
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