Cultivated plant in the Kunming Botanical Garden, Kunming, Yunnan, China
Photograph by: Daderot
Saurauia napaulensis is a small tree growing 4 - 20 metres tall.
The tree is harvested from the wild for its fruit, which is consumed locally.
E. Asia - southern China, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia.
Sparse mountain forests, thickets, valleys; at elevations from 400 - 3,200 metres in southern China[
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Fruit - raw or cooked[
]. Eaten with sugar[
]. The yellowish fruits are the size of a cherry[
We have no information on the wood of this species, but the following is a general description of the wood from species in this genus.
The wood is little used, except locally for fuel. It is a pale reddish brown throughout; not attractive; lustre rather low; odourless and tasteless; rather light, but firm, tough, and strong; texture medium; grain straight; easy to cut, saws finely woolly, is rather hairy under the plane; probably not durable. Useful locally for general carpentry and interior construction[
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