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Useful Tropical Plants

Casearia arborea

(Rich.) Urb.

Salicaceae

+ Synonyms

Casearia bangii Rusby

Casearia brasiliensis Eichler

Casearia capitata (Ruiz & Pav.) Pers.

Casearia glaberrima Uittien

Casearia glaziovii Briq.

Casearia hostmanniana Steud. ex Griseb.

Casearia incana Bertero ex Spreng.

Casearia lanceolata Miq.

Casearia oligantha Eichler

Casearia poeppigii Eichler

Casearia serrata Macfad.

Casearia stipularis Cambess.

Casearia stipularis Poir. ex Spreng.

Casearia stipularis Vent.

Casearia umbellifera Benoist

Guidonia stipularis (Vent.) M.Gómez

Samyda arborea Rich.

Samyda niviana Poir.

Samyda stipularis Poir.

Samyda virgata Sessé & Moc.

Samyda viridiflora Aubl.

Common Name:

Casearia arborea
Tree growing in native habitat
Photograph by: Alex Popovkin, Bahia, Brazil
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General Information

Casearia arborea is an evergreen tree with a spreading crown; it usually grows up to 9 metres tall, though specimens up to 27 metres have been recorded in Peru. The straight, cylindrical bole is usually up to 40cm in diameter, free of branches for about one third of its height[
447
Title
Common Trees of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands
Publication
 
Author
Little E.L.; Wadsworth F.H.
Publisher
USDA, Forest Service; Washington.
Year
1964
ISBN
 
Description
Contains detailed information, and usually an illustration, on 250 tree species, including both native and exotic species.
].
The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use of its wood.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

331
Title
Flora of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/

Range

S. America - Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, the Guyanas; C. America to Panama - Mexico; Caribbean - Puerto Rico to Cuba.

Habitat

Abundant and widely distributed along roadsides and in openings, thickets, and forests, in the lower mountain, moist limestone, and moist coastal regions of Puerto Rico[
447
Title
Common Trees of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands
Publication
 
Author
Little E.L.; Wadsworth F.H.
Publisher
USDA, Forest Service; Washington.
Year
1964
ISBN
 
Description
Contains detailed information, and usually an illustration, on 250 tree species, including both native and exotic species.
]. Wet forest or thickets, at or near sea level in Guatemala[
331
Title
Flora of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/
].

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height6.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



The plant can flower and produce fruit all year round[
447
Title
Common Trees of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands
Publication
 
Author
Little E.L.; Wadsworth F.H.
Publisher
USDA, Forest Service; Washington.
Year
1964
ISBN
 
Description
Contains detailed information, and usually an illustration, on 250 tree species, including both native and exotic species.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The wood is usually light brown to pale yellow, sometimes reddish-brown. Texture is fine; the grain straight or roey. The wood is moderately heavy to heavy, hard, brittle, and appears to be durable. It saws slightly woolly; taking a smooth finish with a high golden lustre. The wood is used for rafters and beams in house construction, posts etc[
447
Title
Common Trees of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands
Publication
 
Author
Little E.L.; Wadsworth F.H.
Publisher
USDA, Forest Service; Washington.
Year
1964
ISBN
 
Description
Contains detailed information, and usually an illustration, on 250 tree species, including both native and exotic species.
,
453
Title
Woods of Northeastern Peru
Publication
 
Author
Williams L.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
Field Museum Press; Chicago.
Year
1936
ISBN
 
Description
Gives information on the properties of the wood of well over 1,000 species of woody plants from northeastern Peru. Can be downloaded from the Internet.
].
The wood is used for fuel[
447
Title
Common Trees of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands
Publication
 
Author
Little E.L.; Wadsworth F.H.
Publisher
USDA, Forest Service; Washington.
Year
1964
ISBN
 
Description
Contains detailed information, and usually an illustration, on 250 tree species, including both native and exotic species.
].

Propagation

Seed -
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