Copaifera hemitomophylla Donn.Sm.
Common Name: Cativo
Cynometra hemitomophylla is an evergreen tree with a dense, rounded crown; it can grow 25 - 35 metres tall. The straight, cylindrical bole can be 100cm in diameter. The lower 2 metres of the bole are dominated by long, thin, buttresses that disappear into the ground after subdividing and snaking around the base of the tree[
The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild for its timber. It would make an excellent ornamental and shade tree[
Central America - Costa Rica, Belize, Guatemala, Mexico.
A canopy tree of humid, primary forests, growing on well drained hillsides and valleys as well as along the sandy coastline[
|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
A plant of the moist lowland tropics, it sometimes ascends to 500 metres.
The wood is dense and very hard[
]. Older branches and trunks sport a rich, black heartwood. The wood was once used in making ship keels, taking advantage of its great weight and resistance to the elements[
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