Fagraea amabilis S.Moore
Fagraea cambagei Domin
Fagraea dasyantha Gilg & Benedict
Fagraea dolichopoda Gilg & Benedict
Fagraea elata Merr. & L.M.Perry
Fagraea fagraeacea (F.Muell.) Druce
Fagraea muelleri Benth.
Fagraea obtusifolia Merr. & L.M.Perry
Fagraea viridiflora Seem.
Gardenia fagraeacea F.Muell.
Gardneria fagraeacea F.Muell.
Fagraea gracilipes is a tree with a spreading crown; it can range in size from 3 - 25 metres tall. The straight, cylindrical bole can be more than 100cm in diameter[
The tree is commonly harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of wood, The wood is valued locally and sometimes traded[
The tree has been widely exploited for its timber and is now in short supply. In parts of Fiji the cutting of trees with a girth of less than 90cm has been prohibited[
Pacific - Fiji.
Dry or dense forest, in forest patches in grassland, and infrequently on the inner edges of mangrove swamps; at elevations up to 500 metres[
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Flowers and fruits are found throughout the year in Fiji[
The fruit is sometimes pickled and eaten[
A tea made from the bark and leaves is said to be used medicinally[
The latex found under the skin of the fruits is often used as an adhesive[
The wood is hard, heavy and very durable. It is used for houseposts, combs, canoes etc, and is in considerable demand for wharf piles, being very durable for underwater use[
We have no more information on the wood for this species. However, the following is a general description of the wood for members of this genus:-
The heartwood is yellowish-brown to light brown, darkening upon exposure to a deep golden- or orange-brown; it is not clearly demarcated from the generally lighter coloured sapwood. The texture is variable, from fine to somewhat coarse; the grain is straight to irregular; the wood is lustrous; it has a distinct aromatic and somewhat acid odour when freshly cut, but this does not persist upon seasoning. The heartwood is reported to be very durable in ground contact and very resistant to termite attack; resistance to marine borer attack is questionable. It is reported to season slowly, otherwise it dries with little or no degrade. In Fiji quartersawing is suggested to minimize surface checking. Considering the high density, the wood is easy to saw and machine; it takes a good finish; some species are rather abrasive, however, and dull cutting edges; it is a good carving timber and turns well. The wood is used for purposes such as heavy construction, flooring, turnery, carvings, printing dies, specialty items (such as rulers, T-squares, straight edges), railroad crossties, boat construction[
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