There is some doubt over the validity of this name. Apparently, it was invalidly named back in 1824 when the name was first published, and should have been given the epithet 'guara' instead of grandifolia. In addition, some authorities are treating it as a synonym of Guarea guidonia (L.) Sleumer. For the time being, until the botanists make up their collective minds, it will be left here as Guarea grandifolia[
Guarea borisii Harms
Guarea chichon C.DC.
Guarea culebrana C.DC.
Guarea gigantea Triana & Planch.
Guarea longipetiola C.DC.
Guarea mancharra Cuatrec.
Guarea megalantha M.Roem.
Guarea megantha A.Juss.
Guarea pittieri C.DC.
Guarea trompillo C.DC.
Guarea grandifolia is an evergreen tree that can grow up to 50 metres tall. The bole can have buttresses up to 4 metres high[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and source of wood. The wood is probably traded and the tree is probably planted to provide shade in coffee plantations.
S. America - Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, the Guyanas; C. America - Panama to southern Mexico.
Locally abundant in upland rain and creek forests, especially on red, loamy soils and on bauxite[
|Other Uses Rating||
Fruit - raw[
]. The parts that are actually eaten are the funicle (the filamentous stalk that attaches the seed to the placenta) and the hilum (the part that attaches the funicle to the seed)[
]. A mealy texture[
We do not have any specific information for this plant, but many species in this genus are commonly planted in coffee plantations in order to provide shade[
We do not have specific information for the wood of this species, but the following is a general description for the wood of this genus:-
The heartwood is pinkish to deep reddish-brown; it is distinct, but not sharply demarcated from the sapwood. The texture is medium; the grain rather straight; luster is rather low; green wood is aromatic but odour and taste are very mild or not distinctive in dry specimens. The heartwood has good resistance to dry-wood termites and is durable in the ground. The wood air dries slowly, but with only a moderate amount of warping and no checking. It saws and machines easily and well in all operations except boring, where there is a tendency to tear and crumble. It is used for making furniture, cabinet work, turnery, interior trim, joinery, ship construction (planking and trim), general carpentry, and decorative and utility veneer and plywood[
If you have any useful information about this plant, please leave a comment. Comments have to be approved before they are shown here.