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Useful Tropical Plants

Faramea occidentalis

(L.) A.Rich.

Rubiaceae

+ Synonyms

Antoniana laurifolia Tussac

Coffea occidentalis (L.) Jacq.

Coussarea americana (L.) M.Gómez

Coussarea odoratissima M.Gómez

Darluca prostrata Raf.

Faramea americana (L.) Kuntze

Faramea belizensis Standl.

Faramea odoratissima DC.

Faramea standleyana L.O.Williams

Faramea zetekii Standl.

Ixora americana L.

Ixora occidentalis L.

Neleixa prostrata Raf.

Tetramerium occidentale (L.) Nees ex Mart.

Tetramerium odoratissimum C.F.Gaertn.

Common Name:

Faramea occidentalis
Immature fruits
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General Information

Faramea occidentalis is a slender, glabrous, evergreen shrub or a tree with a pyramidal or elongate crown; it, rarely reaches a height of 9 metres, usually being much lower. The straight bole can be 8cm or more in diameter[331,447, 551].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use of its wood.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

331
Title
Flora of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/

Range

S. America - Brazil, Bolivia and Peru, north through Central America to Mexico; Caribbean.

Habitat

An understorey plant, rather widely distributed in Guatemala, especially in the lowlands, growing in dense wet mixed forest or sometimes in dry thickets, at elevations from sea level to 1,500 metres[
331
Title
Flora of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/
].

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Shrub
Height5.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The heartwood is a browny white tinged with yellow; the very thin band of sapwood is nearly white. The wood is close-grained; hard; moderately heavy; strong; very tough. It takes a good polish. The straight stems are extensively used in native house building and general carpentry, while the wood is also used for making tool handles and other small objects[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
,
551
Title
A Century of Trees of Panama.
Publication
 
Author
Pittier H. Mell C.D.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A work that was very difficult to get published according to the correspondence contained at the start!. A treatment of 100 different species with descriptions and details of uses. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].
The wood is used for fuel[
447
Title
Common Trees of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands
Publication
 
Author
Little E.L.; Wadsworth F.H.
Publisher
USDA, Forest Service; Washington.
Year
1964
ISBN
 
Description
Contains detailed information, and usually an illustration, on 250 tree species, including both native and exotic species.
].

Propagation

Seed -

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