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Castanopsis acuminatissima - (Blume) A.DC.

Common Name Castanopsis chestnut, White oak
Family Fagaceae
USDA hardiness 10-12
Known Hazards Mouth ulcers and anaemia have been reported from people eating large numbers of raw nuts[658 ].
Habitats An upper canopy tree of primary or relict forest, mostly on hillsides and ridges and often on loamy sandy soil; at elevations from 300 - 2,500 metres[451 , 653 ].
Range E. Asia - China, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, New Guinea.
Edibility Rating    (3 of 5)
Other Uses    (3 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (0 of 5)
Care
Tender Moist Soil Full sun
Castanopsis acuminatissima Castanopsis chestnut, White oak


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Castanopsis acuminatissima is an evergreen Tree growing to 25 m (82ft) by 25 m (82ft) at a fast rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 10. The flowers are pollinated by Wind.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Castanea acuminatissima Blume. Castanea sessilifolia Blume Castanopsis bejaudii A.Camus Castanopsis junghuhnii (Miq.) Markgr. Castanopsis nebularum Hickel & A.Camus Castanopsis schlenckerae F.M.Bailey Castanopsis sessilifolia A.DC. Pasania acuminatissima (Blume) Oerst. Quercus acuminatissima (Blume) A.DC. Quercus fagiformis Jungh. Quercus junghuhnii Miq. Quercus lineata Miq. Quercus varingifolia Miq. Synaedrys acuminatissima (Blume) Koidz. Synaedrys fagiformis (Jungh.) Koidz.

Habitats

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Seed
Edible Uses:

Seed - raw or cooked[317 , 658 ]. They are more commonly cooked, it is mainly children who collect them and eat them raw[658 ]. The seeds can be boiled or roasted - when cooked they taste somewhat like rice[658 ]. The seed is up to 15mm x 10mm, contained in a spiny seedcase[451 ].

Medicinal Uses

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Other Uses

Agroforestry Uses: The tree has a heavy fall of leaves which form a deep mulch on the ground and inhibit the growth of other plants. The tree is planted as a pioneer species in northern Thailand in reforestation projects to restore native woodland - it is planted in degraded woodland and open areas in a mix with various other species that all have the ability to grow fast; produce dense, weed-suppressing crowns; and attract seed-dispersing wildlife, particularly birds and bats[998 ]. Other Uses The wood is white[443 ]. It is used for making furniture, bridges, flooring, plywood, boat building[611 ]. The trunks and bark are used in traditional house construction[317 ]. The wood can be used for fuel[443 , 611 ].

Special Uses

Carbon Farming

Cultivation details

Management: Standard  Regional Crop  Staple Crop: Balanced carb

A fast-growing tree[998 ]. The tree has surface roots and often forms a ring of suckers around the base of the trunk[451 , 658 ]. it is a predominant tree in the lower montane forests, lying between 900-1000 and 2000 meters elevation. It can also be found at lower elevations on small-crowned hill forests, in association with Hopea papuana and the drought-tolerant Casuarina papuana.

Carbon Farming

  • Management: Standard  Plants grow to their standard height. Harvest fruit, seeds, or other products. Non-Destructive management systems.
  • Regional Crop  These crops have been domesticated and cultivated regionally but have not been adopted elsewhere and are typically not traded globally, Examples in this broad category include perennial cottons and many nuts and staple fruits.
  • Staple Crop: Balanced carb  (0-15 percent protein, 0-15 percent oil, with at least one over 5 percent). The carbohydrates are from either starch or sugar. Annuals include maize, wheat, rice, and potato. Perennials include chestnuts, carob, perennial fruits, nuts, cereals, pseudocereals, woody pods, and acorns.

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Propagation

Seed - easy to germinate if sown fresh. Self-sown seedlings can be transplanted[658 ]. Suckers are formed near the base, but these often do not transplant well[658 ].

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Berangan pipit, Berangan, Empili, Fidaawee, Gon, Ko duel, Kogopon, Mempening, Pohon berangan, Pohon pasang putih, Ukam

Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Asia, Bangladesh, China, India, Indochina, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pacific, Papua New Guinea, PNG, SE Asia, Solomon Islands, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam

Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : This taxon has not yet been assessed

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