Ampelocera crenulata Urb.
Casearia eriophora C.Wright ex Griseb.
Gossypiospermum praecox (Griseb.) P.Wilson
Common Name: Boxwood
Boxwood is a small to medium-sized tree. The bole is well formed and cylindrical, it can be free of branches for 3 - 5 metres, and 15 - 30cm in diameter, occasionally to 45cm[
A slow-growing tree with a dense, hard wood that is valued for specialist purposes such as musical instruments, engraving blocks, rulers etc[
]. It is harvested from the wild for local use and trade.
Northern S. America - Venezuela and Colombia, north to Costa Rica, Honduras and Cuba.
Usually found on dry, chalky or rocky slopes[
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The bark, when freshly cut, exudes a dark gummy substance[
The wood is lemon-yellow to almost white in colour with little or no difference between sapwood and heartwood. The texture is very fine and uniform; the grain usually straight; lustre is high; there is no distinctive odour or taste. The wood is hard and heavy; durability is poor, being susceptible to fungi and termites. It is easy to carve and turn; can be worked without difficulty; finishes very smoothly; takes a high polish; glues and stains well[
]. A good substitute for European Boxwood (Buxus sempervirens), the wood is used for engraving blocks, precision rulers, veneers, turnery, combs, shuttles, spindles, piano keys, inlay etc[
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