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Pouteria pierrei - (A.Chev.) Baehni

Common Name Aningeria
Family Sapotaceae
USDA hardiness 10-12
Known Hazards Occupational asthma and contact urticaria caused by the wood dust have been recorded in sawmill workers[299 ].
Habitats Semi-deciduous forest and the transition zone to humid evergreen forest[299 ].
Range West tropical Africa - Sierra Leone to Cameroon and Central African Republic.
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Weed Potential No
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Tender Moist Soil Full sun
Pouteria pierrei Aningeria

Pouteria pierrei Aningeria


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Pouteria pierrei is a tropical tree that can be found in semi-deciduous rainforests in West Africa. It is often buttressed and grows about 40 m tall and 1.2 m across. It has a dense crown and straight cylindrical bole. The leaves are oval and with hairs underneath. The flowers are in clusters. The fruits are red and globose with fine hairs comprising of oval seeds. The fruit pulp is edible. The bark is a source of latex which has no known use to date. The wood is used for high quality sliced veneer, light carpentry, interior joinery, furniture, moulding.

Physical Characteristics

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Pouteria pierrei is a deciduous Tree growing to 30 m (98ft) by 20 m (65ft) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 10.
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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Aningeria pierrei (A.Chev.) Aubr?v. & Pellegr. Aningeria robusta (A.Chev.) Aubr?v. & Pellegr. Hormog


Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Fruit
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw. The pulp is eaten[299 ]. The red fruit is a globose berry 15 - 20mm lcontaining a single large seed[299 ].

Medicinal Uses

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Other Uses

Other Uses: A latex exudes from the bark[299 ]. No uses are recorded. The heartwood is creamy white to pale pinkish brown; it is indistinctly demarcated from the 3 - 6cm wide band of sapwood. The grain is straight, sometimes slightly interlocked; texture fine; the wood lustrous. It is moderately light, not durable and liable to attacks by fungi, termites and dry-wood borers. Drying usually does not cause problems, but there is a slight risk of distortion and checking and a tendency to blue stain, especially in early stages of air drying. Once dry, the wood is moderately stable in service. The wood contains about 0.3% silica and consequently the blunting effect on saws and cutting tools is high. Stellite-tipped sawteeth and tungsten-carbide tools are recommended. Nailing and screwing properties are good; the wood stains, paints and glues well; slicing properties are good, and excellent veneer can be produced. The wood is especially recommended for high-quality sliced veneer. It is also used for light carpentry, interior joinery, high-class furniture and moulding[299 ].

Special Uses

Cultivation details

The tree usually regenerates abundantly in the wild[299 ]. The plant is susceptible to fire; after a fire in a forest in Côte d'Ivoire 50% of the trees died within 6 years[299 ]. Seedlings are classified as non-pioneer light demanders. Although they may be very abundant around parent trees, further development depends on the presence of gaps in the forest canopy[299 ].

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Seed - Germination takes 2-3 weeks, and initial growth is slow[299 ].

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Aningeria, aniegré blanc - French, aningré blanc - French, asanfena - Ghana, asanfona - Ghana, inon - Yoruba, osanko - Yoruba, Abam, Aningueri, Inon, Mondongue, Samfena, Teyei, Tolongo, Valui, Vao-muli,

Found In

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

Cameroon; Central African Republic; Côte d'Ivoire; Ghana; Guinea-Bissau; Liberia; Nigeria; Sierra Leone, Africa, Benin, Cameroon, CAR, Central Africa, Central African Republic, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Guinée, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Togo, West Africa,

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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Pouteria altissimaAbam, Apotro, GomuTree35.0 10-12 MLMHNDM004
Pouteria caimitoAbiu, Yellow Star AppleTree15.0 10-12 MLMHSNMWe402
Pouteria campechianaCanistel, EggfruitTree15.0 10-12 FLMHNDMWe422
Pouteria guianensisAsepoko.Tree25.0 10-12 MLMHNM202
Pouteria sapotaSapote, Mamey SapoteTree25.0 10-12 MMHNM422

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.


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