Neopometia ptychandra (Eyma) Aubrév.
Pouteria ptychandra Eyma
Pradosia ptychandra is a tree that can grow 20 metres or more tall[
]. The straight bole has large plank buttresses.
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, and probably also for its wood, which is traded.
S. America - French Guiana, Surinam.
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Fruit - raw[
]. The pale yellow pulp is about 7mm wide[
]. The fruit is an ellipsoid to globose, green to orange-yellow berry around 40mm long and 28 - 50mm wide containing 1 - 2 large seeds[
We do not have any information on the wood of this species, but a general description of the wood for members of this genus growing in northern S. America is as follows:-
The heartwood is yellowish or grayish-brown with more or less reddish cast; it is not always distinct from the narrow band of yellowish or grayish sapwood. The texture is fine to medium, uniform; the grain usually straight, sometimes interlocked; lustre is low; there is no characteristic odour but the taste is sometimes bitter or astringent. Heartwood is rated as durable in test exposures to white-rot and brown-rot organisms, but it is not suggested for uses where high durability is required. Drying is rapid but may result in severe checking and moderate warp; a reduced drying rate may minimize degrade. The wood works easily and finishes to a smooth surface; it has good steam-bending properties. It is used for purposes such as general construction and heavy-duty flooring, whilst it has also been suggested for tight cooperage, tool handles[
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