Resource Details

Uses, management and economic potential of Garcinia kola and Ricinodendron heudelotii in the humid lowlands of Cameroon

Literature: Journal Articles

Ayuk, E.T., Duguma, B., Franzel, S., Kengue, J. 1999. "Uses, management and economic potential of Garcinia kola and Ricinodendron heudelotii in the humid lowlands of Cameroon", Journal of Tropical Forest Science, Vol. 11, no. 4, pp. 746-761.

Affiliations

  • ICRAF / SALWA, BP 320, Bamako, Mail
  • IRAD / ICRAF, Collarborative Agroforestry Project, BP 2123, Yaounde, Cameroon
  • ICRAF, PO Box 30677, Nairobi, Kenya

Species Info

  • Garcinia kola
  • Ricinodendron heudelotii

Description

  • This article describes two common fruit and medicinal trees (non-timber) that grow in secondary forests in the lowlands of Cameroon. The trees are found to have a mixed effect in an agroforestry environment, ie, sometimes they improve crop production, sometimes they do not. Fruit are consumed by families and sold in markets.
  • Garcinia kola - botanical description, distribution in the lowlands of Cameroon, and uses are given. Reproduction is estimated to be ~80% germination rate from seed, and young plants must be shaded.
  • Ricinodendron heudelotii - botanical description, distribution, and uses are given; germination is estimated to be less than 40% and slow, but once established, plants grow rapidly in the sun.
  • Little vegetative reproduction is attempted with these plants, and the authors suggest further research in this area, in addition to research in faster fruit production.

Geographical Region

  • Central Africa
  • Ecosystems

  • Tropical Wet Forest
  • Country

  • Cameroon
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