Clusia galactodendron Desvaux
Clusia odorata Seem.
Clusia parvicapsula Vesque
Clusia parviflora Humb. & Bonpl. ex Willd.
Clusia pratensis Seem.
Clusia utilis S.F.Blake
Clusia venosa Jacq.
Clusia venosa L.
Common Name: Tar Gum Tree
Tar gum tree is a dioecious, hemi-epiphytic tree growing up to 10 metres tall[
]. It is usually found growing in the trunks or large branches of other trees where it produces stiff and spreading, spiralled branches[
]. These branches produce a dense mass of roots at the nodes, the roots often extending back to the host tree and enveloping it for support[
A gum obtained from wild trees is used locally for medicinal purposes[
S. America - Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, the Guyanas; C. America - Panama to southern Mexico; Caribbean - Trinidad to Cuba.
Frequent epiphyte in the forest or on exposed shoreÂlines; epiphytic on rocks or on trees near the edge of the water[
An epiphytic plant, usually enveloping the stems of other trees with its roots, whilst producing branches that may grow into the top of the canopy[
This species is unique in that it belongs to the only genus of plants capable of absorbing carbon dioxide during the night[
A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if seed is required.
An elastic gum obtained from the tree is used for bandaging children's hernias[
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