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Lost Crops of Africa: Fruits, Volume III
Soil Seems not to present a limitation. The species has been reported growing on oxisols, ultisols, loamy clay, sandy clay, humic ferralitic soils, deep loam rich in organic matter, andosols, and ferriginous (chalybeate).
Currently, 19 Dacryodes species are recognized. None of the others has received even the pitiful amount of research accorded the butterfruit. Yet some species produce edible fruits. They, at least, deserve at least preliminary investigation. Examples are:
Dacryodes buettneri (Gabon). Large and important timber tree;
Dacryodes igaganga. Another large and important timber tree;
Dacryodes klaineana (Sierra Leone; common name “damson”). Fruit juicy with a taste said to be “deliciously sweet/sour”; and
Dacryodes macrophylla. Fruit also juicy and “deliciously sweet/sour.”