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Useful Tropical Plants

Couepia paraensis

(Mart. & Zucc.) Benth.

Chrysobalanaceae

+ Synonyms

Couepia duckei Huber

Couepia glaucescens Spruce ex Hook.f.

Couepia vismioides Klotzsch ex Hook.f.

Moquilea paraensis Mart. & Zucc.

Common Name:

Couepia paraensis
A rather poor photo of the flowers, but it is all we have at present
Photograph by: T. Croat
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General Information

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[
453
Title
Woods of Northeastern Peru
Publication
 
Author
Williams L.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
Field Museum Press; Chicago.
Year
1936
ISBN
 
Description
Gives information on the properties of the wood of well over 1,000 species of woody plants from northeastern Peru. Can be downloaded from the Internet.
,
735
Title
Chrysobalanaceae Part 2. Species Plantarum: Flora of the World, Part 19: 1-268
Publication
 
Author
Prance G.T.; Sothers C.A.
Website
http://www.ville-ge.ch/cjb
Publisher
Australian Biological Resources Study; Canberra.
Year
2003
ISBN
0 642 56833 2
Description
An excellent monograph, part of a very ambitious project to catalogue all the plants in the world. It can be downloaded as a PDF file from the Internet.
].
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use of its timber.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

735
Title
Chrysobalanaceae Part 2. Species Plantarum: Flora of the World, Part 19: 1-268
Publication
 
Author
Prance G.T.; Sothers C.A.
Website
http://www.ville-ge.ch/cjb
Publisher
Australian Biological Resources Study; Canberra.
Year
2003
ISBN
0 642 56833 2
Description
An excellent monograph, part of a very ambitious project to catalogue all the plants in the world. It can be downloaded as a PDF file from the Internet.

Range

S. America - Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana.

Habitat

In water, or along the banks of streams, at elevations around 120 metres in Peru[
453
Title
Woods of Northeastern Peru
Publication
 
Author
Williams L.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
Field Museum Press; Chicago.
Year
1936
ISBN
 
Description
Gives information on the properties of the wood of well over 1,000 species of woody plants from northeastern Peru. Can be downloaded from the Internet.
]. Sandy river banks and beaches, and open riverine forest[
735
Title
Chrysobalanaceae Part 2. Species Plantarum: Flora of the World, Part 19: 1-268
Publication
 
Author
Prance G.T.; Sothers C.A.
Website
http://www.ville-ge.ch/cjb
Publisher
Australian Biological Resources Study; Canberra.
Year
2003
ISBN
0 642 56833 2
Description
An excellent monograph, part of a very ambitious project to catalogue all the plants in the world. It can be downloaded as a PDF file from the Internet.
].

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitTree
Height8.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

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[
453
Title
Woods of Northeastern Peru
Publication
 
Author
Williams L.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
Field Museum Press; Chicago.
Year
1936
ISBN
 
Description
Gives information on the properties of the wood of well over 1,000 species of woody plants from northeastern Peru. Can be downloaded from the Internet.
]. It is used for general carpentry[
453
Title
Woods of Northeastern Peru
Publication
 
Author
Williams L.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
Field Museum Press; Chicago.
Year
1936
ISBN
 
Description
Gives information on the properties of the wood of well over 1,000 species of woody plants from northeastern Peru. Can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Propagation

Seed -
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