Dracontomelon vitiense is a tree that can grow 8 - 20 metres tall. The bole can be up to 90cm in diameter with buttresses[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of wood. The fruit can be an important seasonal food in some areas of its natural range, where it is commonly sold in local markets[
Western Pacific - New Hebrides, Fiji, Tonga and Samoa.
Occasional in garden and fallow areas, tree groves, and mature fallow forest or open forest; at elevations up to 300 metres[
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Fruit - rae[
]. Tough and insipid[
]. The green or yellow fruit is about 35mm in diameter, with a yellowish pulp[
The bark is used as a birthing aid - a hand-sized piece is soaked in cold water until soft, and then applied to the
The wood is used in light construction[
The wood is used for fuel[
We do not have any more specific information on the wood of this species. However, the following is a general description of the wood from plants in this genus:-
The heartwood varies from light brown, grayish, greenish-yellow to reddish-brown, often with irregular dark brown to nearly black banding; the wide band of sapwood is pinkish, or grayish. The texture is moderately fine to coarse; the grain straight to interlocked and irregular, with a decorative figure if quarter cut; the wood is lustrous; there is no distinctive odour or taste. The heartwood is not durable and is not resistant to termite attack. The wood is easy to work; glues satisfactorily; takes a good finish and polish; veneers well. It is used for purposes such as furniture and cabinetwork, paneling, decorative veneers (walnut-like in appearance), gunstocks, flooring, joinery[
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