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The uses of Atuna racemosa Raf. (Chrysobalanaceae) in Samoa

Prance, G. T. (2004) The uses of Atuna racemosa Raf. (Chrysobalanaceae) in Samoa. Economic Botany, 58 (3). pp. 470-475. ISSN 0013-0001

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1663/0013-0001(2004)058[0470:TUOARR]2.0.CO;2


An ethnobotanical study was made of the uses of Atuna racemosa subsp. racemosa (Chrysobalanaceae) in Samoa. The main use is of the cotyledons to extract an anti-inflammatory massage oil and a putty to caulk boats. Minor uses as a medicinal and of the wood are reported and a survey of herbarium material shows that the fruit of Atuna is widely used throughout the Pacific region.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Biological Sciences
ID Code:10593
Uncontrolled Keywords:Atuna racemosa, anti-inflammatory, massage oil, caulking, Chrysobalanaceae

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