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The Parent genus is - Butyrospermum

Woody Species Butyrospermum parkii

Common name(s): Shea Butter Tree

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Taxon status is ... Synonym of Vitellaria paradoxa C.F.Gaertn..

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General Data for Species Butyrospermum parkii

Authority - (G.Don) KotschyVarieties, cultivars, Hybrids, Subspecies -
Common Names - Shea Butter TreeSynonyms - Vitellaria paradoxa C.F.Gaertn.
Gymnosperm or Angiosperm? AngiospermCommercial wood? - Commercial
Uses - The species are famous for being a source for Shea Butter (for food & medicine)Durability -
Plant forms - Typical sizes of plant - 15 -25 m. tall.Small to medium-sized deciduous tree
Seasoning - Stability - .
General Description - The wood of Vitellaria paradoxa is moderately heavy (density about 720 kg/m³ at 12% moisture content) and hard. It is liable to crack on drying and needs to be seasoned slowly. It is difficult to work and tends to split on sawing, but it polishes well. It glues, nails and screws well, but pre-boring is recommended to avoid splitting. It is durable and resistant to termites. Both sapwood and heartwood are resistant to impregnation with preservatives.
Typical Defects -
Toxicity -
World Distribution - Indigenous to Africa, occurring in Mali, Cameroon, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Togo, Nigeria, Senegal, Sudan, Burkina Faso and Uganda.
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The original mandate that started the TAXA Wood Knowledge Base was actually to locate and document as many species of woods and woody plants. The research that has been done over the last decade has brought forth a massive collection of data, most of it still to be added into TAXA's database tables. There is so much to add infact, that it could take as much as 2 years to do all the entry!

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