Diplotropis brachypetala Tul.
Common Name: Aromata
Aromata is an unbuttressed tree that can grow up to 30 metres tall[
]. The bole is usually about 40 - 50cm in diameter (though specimens have been found in Trinidad with a diameter of 150cm), and can be free of branches for 12 - 15 metres[
The wood is harvested for local use and is also exported, whilst the tree is also utilized in traditional medicine.
Alkaloids present in the seeds have demonstrated toxicity to mice[
The inner bark has the odour of a cucumber - it is said to be poisonous[
Northern S. America - Venezuela, Guyana and Surinam, to Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean.
A canopy tree in rainforests[
]. Marsh forests, growing along the sides of rivers and creeks, occasionally in rain and mora forests[
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The trees stand inundation in swampy areas and thrive on hillsides having a high rainfall, but do not occur in dry sites or in areas of low precipitation[
Juice from the macerated inner bark is used as a medicament for 'bush-yaws'[
An infusion or poultice of the bark is applied externally to cleanse sores, abscesses and ulcers; eye inflammations; and to treat scorpion, insect and snakebites[
The sap is used to treat pain and itches[
A decoction of the bark and leaves is used in a bath to rid the body of lice, fleas and ticks[
The seed contains a number of medically active compounds including anagyrine, cytisine, delta 5-dehydro-lupanine, rhombifoline, 11-allylcysticine, lupanine and N-methylcysticine[
The sapwood is thick, sharply defined, and yellowish to brownish white. The heartwood is pinkish brown to dark brown with lighter streaks due to the prominent vessel lines[
]. The wood is generally reported to be a very hard, heavy, tough, strong wood and is difficult to split under vertical compression. It is straight grained, not lustrous, and coarse textured with a harsh feel but a waxy appearance[
]. The wood is odourless and tasteless when seasoned The wood is considered only moderately difficult to work, finishes smoothly, and takes a high polish[
]. It is moderately resistant to decay in contact with the ground and moderately resistant to subterranean termites and probably has moderate to low resistance to marine borers[
In Trinidad, the wood is preferred for oil-derrick substructures because of its high density, hardness, and resistance to splitting[
]. It should be well suited for heavy construction, piling in non-teredo areas, boatbuilding, bridge timbers, and other uses requiring a heavy, hard, strong wood where high resistance to decay or insects is not, important[
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