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Useful Tropical Plants

Casearia praecox

Griseb.

Salicaceae

+ Synonyms

Ampelocera crenulata Urb.

Casearia eriophora C.Wright ex Griseb.

Gossypiospermum praecox (Griseb.) P.Wilson

Common Name: Boxwood

Casearia praecox
Flowering branch
Photograph by: O. M. Montiel
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General Information

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[
316
Title
Tropical Timbers of the World. Ag. Handbook No. 607.
Publication
 
Author
Chudnoff. Martin.
Publisher
USDA Forest Service. Wisconsin.
Year
1984
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details on the properties of the wood of almost 400 species of trees from the Tropics.
,
341
Title
South American Timbers: the Properties, Uses and Characteristics of 190 Species.
Publication
 
Author
Bolza. E. & Christensen. F.J.
Publisher
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization
Year
1979
ISBN
0 643 02582 0
Description
A very useful guide.
].
A slow-growing tree with a dense, hard wood that is valued for specialist purposes such as musical instruments, engraving blocks, rulers etc[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
]. It is harvested from the wild for local use and trade.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Northern S. America - Venezuela and Colombia, north to Costa Rica, Honduras and Cuba.

Habitat

Usually found on dry, chalky or rocky slopes[
341
Title
South American Timbers: the Properties, Uses and Characteristics of 190 Species.
Publication
 
Author
Bolza. E. & Christensen. F.J.
Publisher
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization
Year
1979
ISBN
0 643 02582 0
Description
A very useful guide.
].

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitTree
Height10.00 m
Growth RateSlow
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The bark, when freshly cut, exudes a dark gummy substance[
341
Title
South American Timbers: the Properties, Uses and Characteristics of 190 Species.
Publication
 
Author
Bolza. E. & Christensen. F.J.
Publisher
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization
Year
1979
ISBN
0 643 02582 0
Description
A very useful guide.
].

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[
341
Title
South American Timbers: the Properties, Uses and Characteristics of 190 Species.
Publication
 
Author
Bolza. E. & Christensen. F.J.
Publisher
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization
Year
1979
ISBN
0 643 02582 0
Description
A very useful guide.
]. 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[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
,
316
Title
Tropical Timbers of the World. Ag. Handbook No. 607.
Publication
 
Author
Chudnoff. Martin.
Publisher
USDA Forest Service. Wisconsin.
Year
1984
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details on the properties of the wood of almost 400 species of trees from the Tropics.
,
341
Title
South American Timbers: the Properties, Uses and Characteristics of 190 Species.
Publication
 
Author
Bolza. E. & Christensen. F.J.
Publisher
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization
Year
1979
ISBN
0 643 02582 0
Description
A very useful guide.
].

Propagation

Seed -
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