Couepia duckei Huber
Couepia glaucescens Spruce ex Hook.f.
Couepia vismioides Klotzsch ex Hook.f.
Moquilea paraensis Mart. & Zucc.
A rather poor photo of the flowers, but it is all we have at present
Photograph by: T. Croat
Couepia paraensis is a slender tree with a conical crown, sometimes growing up to 20 metres tall but more commonly around 10 metres. The straight, cylindrical bole can be unbranched for up to 4.5 metres[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use of its timber.
S. America - Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana.
In water, or along the banks of streams, at elevations around 120 metres in Peru[
]. Sandy river banks and beaches, and open riverine forest[
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The wood is pinkish brown with a greyish tinge, darkening slightly on exposure to air; the sapwood is not sharply delimited from the slightly darker brown heartwood. It is straight-grained; medium-textured; moderately heavy and hard; probably durable; it is somewhat harder, heavier, and more compact than the wood of C. chrysocalyx. It is tasteless, but has a slightly fragrant odour when fresh; easy to cut, takes a smooth finish[
]. It is used for general carpentry[
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