Campnosperma panamense is an evergreen tree that can grow 10 - 30 metres tall. The straight, cylindrical bole can be free of branches for up to 9 metres and 25 - 35cm in diameter, occasionally to 60cm[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its wood, which is used locally and sometimes traded.
S. America - Ecuador, Colombia; C. America - Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua.
Wet or very humid forests at low elevations[
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Species in this genus are generally strongly light demanding even when young, and regenerate more abundantly in more open or disturbed habitats[
A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required[
The pulp of the fruit is eaten[
The heartwood is white to grayish-buff, sometimes with a yellowish tint; there is no marked contrast with the sapwood. The texture is fine; the grain straight; lustre is somewhat silvery; there is a distinctive odour when fresh, but without
characteristic odour or taste when dry. The wood is not resistant to attack by decay fungi or insects; and is prone to
blue stain. This is a wood that is easy to saw and machine with ordinary shop tools; it holds nails well; finishes smoothly. It is used mainly for low value items such as boxes and food containers, furniture components, millwork, moldings, plywood, particleboard, fiberboard, pulp and paper products; it has also been suggested for pencil slats[
]. The wood is used in the manufacture of boats, oars, ordinary furniture, concrete forms and particle board[
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