African Plant Database

Carapa procera DC.
Information on the genus : Carapa
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Carapa procera DC. var. procera
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Carapa gummiflua C. DC. (1907)
=Carapa guineensis Sweet
=Carapa touloucouna Guill. ex Perr.
Taxon infra-specific
Carapa procera DC. var. procera
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Sprawling tree 6-9 m tall or tall tree to 17 m in swamp-forest and 30 m or more in lowland rain-forest; crown stout; bole irregular, branched low down, rarely straight, to 1,8 m in girth, to 40-60 cm Ø, slightly fluted and ± grooved at base.
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Ecology : Swamp and river-side forest. Lowland rain-forest away from swamps and rivers. Montane forest. 1- 2450 m alt.
  Very variable in habit, size of leaves, shape and number of leaflets, size of flowers, number of ovules (seeds). Differents ecological-morphological entities can be distinguished. notes the presence of 3 forms in Nigeria
  Planted in villages (Senegal) as a beautiful shade-tree. Used for timber and seed oil (content 60%), very bitter “mote nuts” used for soap, candles
  Bioko/Fernando Poo, São Tomé; S. America: Surinam, French Guiana, Brazil (State of Amazonas; map in Pennington & al., Fl. Neotrop., o.c.: 417). Amphi-Atlantic distribution.
  • Cat. Pl. Vasc. Burkina Faso:66, 292, 296 (2012)
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