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Useful Tropical Plants

Gymnacranthera canarica

(King) Warb.

Myristicaceae

+ Synonyms

Myristica canarica Bedd. ex King

Common Name:

Gymnacranthera canarica
Flowering branch
Photograph by: Vinayaraj
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General Information

Gymnacranthera canarica is an evergreen tree.
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for the oil that is obtained from its seed.
Widespread habitat destruction has greatly reduced the population of this species. It has been classified as 'Vulnerable' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2009), but more detailed study may show that it is under even greater threat[
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Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
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Author
 
Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
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0
ISBN
 
Description
A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
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Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

E. Asia - southwestern India.

Habitat

Lowland, moist, dense forest[
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Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
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Properties

Conservation StatusVulnerable
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height0.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

An oil obtained from the seed is used for making candles[
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Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
].

The reddish brown wood is used for making tea chests[
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Title
A Manual of Indian Timbers.
Publication
 
Author
Gamble. J. S.
Publisher
Bishen Singh Mahendra Pal Singh
Year
1972
ISBN
-
Description
First written in the 19th century, but still a classic, giving a lot of information on the uses and habitats of Indian trees. Not for the casual reader.
].

Propagation

Seed - 40% of seed germinates without pre-treatment, this can be increased to around 60% by removing the seed coat prior to sowing.
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