Cordia ehretioides Lam.
Cordia micrantha Sw.
Cordia rariflora A.Rich.
Ehretia dubia Jacq.
Gerascanthus collococcus (L.) Borhidi
Gerascanthus ehretioides Borhidi
Lithocardium collococca (L.) Kuntze
Sebestena collococca (L.) J.Presl
Common Name: Clammy Cherry
Clammy cherry is a shortly-deciduous tree with a moderately thick, single-layered crown that is often wide and spreading, growing up to 35 metres tall[
]. The bole is normally straight, though usually quite irregular in cross-section; it is unbranched for most of its height and can be 60cm in diameter[
]. Near its base, the bole forms broad, vertical folds bounded by deep creases: structures that diverge into rounded and snaking buttress roots that extend away from the trunk for several meters at ground level[
The tree is harvested from the wild as a local source of food, medicines and wood. It has been cultivated in Cuba for its fruit and medicinal uses[
S. America - Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana; C. America - Panama to Mexico; Caribbean - Trinidad to Cuba.
Thickets, along roadsides and pasture margins at elevations from near sea level to 390 metres[
]. A canopy tree, found most frequently in old secondary forest habitats in Costa Rica[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
Prefers a sunny position[
]. Thrives in exposed positions[
A fairly fast-growing species[
The tree has a main fruiting season, but can also produce some fruits throughout the year[
A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required[
Fruit - raw[
]. The fruit, which resembles a cherry, has a sweet flavour and is eaten greedily by birds[
]. The red fruit is about 10mm in diameter[
The plant is used medicinally[
]. No further information[
The dead foliage is fairly rot-resistant and is often found carpeting the forest floor underneath these trees[
The tree could serve as a very useful species in reforestation efforts, since it withstands intense insolation, grows quickly, provides shade, and generates food appealing to wildlife[
The wood is tan coloured with dark rays. It is moderately heavy, easy to work[
]. It has potential for use as timber[
]. The wood is used for fence posts[
The wood is used for fuel[
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