Cerdana gerascanthus (L.) Moldenke
Cordia bracteata A.DC.
Cordia geraschanthoides Kunth
Cordia langlassei Loes.
Cordia rothschuhii Loes.
Gerascanthus gerascanthoides (Kunth) Borhidi
Gerascanthus lanceolatus J.Presl
Gerascanthus vulgaris Mart.
Lithocardium bracteatum Kuntze
Lithocardium gerascanthus (L.) Kuntze
Common Name: Spanish Elm
Spanish elm is a large, semi-evergreen tree usually growing 6 - 15 metres tall, but exceptionally up to 30 metres, with a bole up to 30cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its wood and fibre.
Central America - Mexico, Puerto Rico, West Indies.
]. Limestone hills, mostly in rather dry areas in Jamaica[
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Prefers a moist but freely draining soil and a position in full sun[
Plants are triggered into flowering by rain showers that follow a dry period[
Although we have seen no specific information for this species, the fruits of all members of this genus are said to be edible[
]. In general the fruit comprises a thin to fairly thick layer of pulpy, sweetish-tasting flesh surrounding a single seed[
A fibre is obtained from the bark[
The rose-coloured wood is strong and elastic[
]. It is used for construction, making doors, venetian blinds, sweeps of sugar mills, furniture and boats[
Seed - very slow to germinate, the process can be sped up if the seed is scarified by lightly abrading the seedcoat to allow easier ingress of water[
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