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Fruit of Dacryodes edulis
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Sapindales
Family: Burseraceae
Genus: Dacryodes

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Dacryodes is a genus of about 60 species of trees in the family Burseraceae. The generic name is from the Greek dakruon meaning "tear(drop)", referring to how resin droplets form on the bark surface.[1]


Dacryodes species grow as shrubs to medium-sized trees. Their bark is smooth to scaly with pale sapwood. Flowers are unisexual. The fruits feature a fleshy and thick pericarp. The fruit of D. rostrata is considered edible in Borneo.[1]

Distribution and habitat[edit]

Dacryodes species grow naturally in tropical forests of: America, Africa and Asia. The habitats range from lowland to submontane forests from sea-level to 1,500 metres (5,000 ft) altitude.[1]


As of May 2014 The Plant List recognises 63 accepted species (including infraspecific names):[2][3]


  1. ^ a b c d Kochummen, K. M. (1995). "Dacryodes Vahl". In Soepadmo, E.; Wong, K. M. (eds.). Tree Flora of Sabah and Sarawak. (free online from the publisher, lesser resolution scan PDF versions). 1. Forest Research Institute Malaysia. pp. 65–74. ISBN 983-9592-34-3. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 September 2013. Retrieved 6 May 2014.
  2. ^ "Dacryodes". The Plant List. Retrieved 6 May 2014.
  3. ^ "GRIN Taxonomy for Plants". United States Department of Agriculture.

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Dacryodes at Wikimedia Commons