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Useful Tropical Plants

Madhuca obovatifolia

(Merr.) Merr.

Sapotaceae

+ Synonyms

Bassia obovatifolia Merr.

Ganua obovatifolia (Merr.) Assem

Common Name:

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General Information

Madhuca obovatifolia is an evergreen tree growing around 20 metres tall[
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Title
Minor Products of Philippine Forests
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Author
Brown. W. H.
Publisher
Bureau of Forestry, Manilla.
Year
1920
ISBN
 
Description
A useful guide to some of the plants of the area, though terse on details. The book is out of copyright and can be legally downloaded from the Internet.
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The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a food. The wood is often traded under the name 'Bitis'
Madhuca obovatifolia is endemic to the Luzon region of the Philipines where it has a limited range. It is threatened by various anthropogenic activities. The plant is classified as 'Endangered' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2020)[
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Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Southeast Asia - Philippines

Habitat

Primary forests at low elevations[
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Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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http://proseanet.org/
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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Properties

Conservation StatusEndangered
Edibility Rating *  *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height20.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

Fruit - raw[
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]. The thin-skinned fruit resembles the sapodilla (Manilkara zapota) in taste and consistency, but is said to be larger[
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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345
Title
Minor Products of Philippine Forests
Publication
 
Author
Brown. W. H.
Publisher
Bureau of Forestry, Manilla.
Year
1920
ISBN
 
Description
A useful guide to some of the plants of the area, though terse on details. The book is out of copyright and can be legally downloaded from the Internet.
]. The fruit is a subglobose to ellipsoid berry, about 2cm in diameter[
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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.
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Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

All parts of the tree contain latex[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
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ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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Wood[
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Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Publisher
 
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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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We do not have any more specific information on the wood of this species, but it belongs to a group of timbers collectively called 'Bitis'. The general description of bitis wood is as follows:-
The heartwood is red-brown to purple- or chocolate-red-brown; it is sharply demarcated from the yellow-brown to purple-grey-brown sapwood. The texture is moderately fine and even, with straight or shallowly interlocked grain. The wood is strong, heavy and durable. It is very difficult to treat with preservatives.
It is slightly difficult to difficult to resaw, easy to slightly difficult to crosscut. Planing is slightly difficult but the planed surface is smooth. Nailing property is rated as poor. The timber seasons slowly with moderate end-checking, splitting and surface-checking as the major sources of defects. Shrinkage is high. The timber is likely to be fairly difficult to dry. The wood is suitable for all forms of heavy construction, bridges, wharves, piers, piling, posts, railway sleepers, parquet flooring and heavy flooring.

Propagation

Seed -
Cite as: Tropical Plants Database, Ken Fern. tropical.theferns.info. 2022-11-27. <tropical.theferns.info/viewtropical.php?id=Madhuca+obovatifolia>

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