Potentials of Treculia Africana Decne – An endangered species of Southern Nigeria

  • OO Nuga
  • EAU Ofodile
Keywords: Forest Fruit Tree, Treculia africana, Endangered, Southern Nigeria

Abstract

Treculia africana Decne is an important multipurpose indigenous tree species in Nigeria and Africa as a whole. The species is best known for the edible seeds and oil it produces. In addition, it has numerous environmental, socio-economic, traditional and industrial uses. However, the species is declining at an alarming rate and thus, needs priority conservation. This decline is due to a number of factors of which are high rate of deforestation, increased population pressure, non-improvement and non-cultivation of the species. Urgent conservation measures are required to save the species. The conservation strategies could include; mass propagation and plantation establishment of the species, development of early-maturing and dwarf varieties as well as introduction of ‘Ukwa’ trade fair.
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