Couma guianensis is an evergreen tree growing up to 25 metres tall in the rainforests, but only to 7 metres when growing on the savannah[
The edible fruit is gathered from the wild for local use. The plant is sometimes cultivated for its fruit within its native range[
S. America - Brazil, French Guiana, Guyana, Surinam.
Rainforest and savannahs[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
Fruit - raw[
]. The pulp has a sweet, pleasant flavour[
]. The fruit is about 3 - 4cm in diameter, turning red when ripe[
A latex obtained from the plant is used as a nourishing drink, either on its own or diluted with water[
The latex obtained from the incised stems and trunk is resinous. It is used as a remedy for diarrhoea[
The fruit is beaten and then eaten for the latex it contains, which functions as a remedy for diarrhoea[
A latex is obtained from the trunk and branches[
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