Uapaca heudelotii acuminata Hutch.
Uapaca acuminata is a tree with a crown of slender branches; it can grow 15 - 35 metres tall, perhaps more. The bole can be 80cm in diameter, with stilt roots up to 6 metres or more high[
The tree is harvested from the wild mainly for local use, probably as a food and also as a source of wood.
West tropical Africa - southern Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon, Congo, western DR Congo, northern Angola.
Primary and secondary rain forests at elevations up to 200 metres[
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A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required[
We do not have specific information for this species, but the fruits of many members of this genus are edible, generally sweet and juicy[
]. The more or less ellipsoid fruit is 20 - 25mm long and 18 - 20mm wide, containing 3 seeds[
We do not have a specific description for the wood of this species. However, a general description for the wood of the West African, stilt-rooted members of this genus is as follows:-
The heartwood is a pale red, red-brown, or chocolate-brown; it is usually not clearly demarcated from the paler sapwood. The texture is mostly medium to coarse; the grain generally straight; there is little lustre. The heartwood ranges from moderately durable to highly so, and is moderately resistant to termite attack. Generally care is required in seasoning, best results are obtained if quartersawn, logs should be converted soon after extraction to minimize shake
and checking. The wood saws with some difficulty due to a high silica content, it generally finishes well and glues satisfactorily. It is used for purposes such as light construction, boatbuilding, flooring[
A good fuel and charcoal wood[
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