Uapaca microphylla Pax
Uapaca microphylla hendrickxii De Wild.
Uapaca similis Pax & K.Hoffm.
Uapaca nitida is an evergreen tree with a light, open, rounded crown; it can grow up to 12 metres tall but usually much less[
]. The tree usually branches from low-down, often no more than 50cm from the base[
The plant is harvested from the wild for its edible fruit and useful timber, which are used locally[
Tropical Africa - Kenya, eastern DR Congo, Burundi, Tanzania, Angola, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe.
A typical tree of the miombo woodlands of Tanzania, which are dominated by Brachystegia, and the associated wooded grasslands, at elevations from 300 - 1,600 metres[
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A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required[
Fruit - raw[
]. Fleshy, with a sweet flavour[
]. A refreshing drink can be made by squeezing the fruits in water[
]. The orange-brown, round-oval fruit is up to 2cm long[
The wood is soft[
]. It is used for hut poles, bedsteads and spoons[
The wood is used for fuel and to make charcoal[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe[
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