Heliocarpus chontalensis Sprague
Heliocarpus appendiculatus is a shrub or tree with an elongate or pyramidal crown; it can grow up to 15 metres tall[
]. The straight bole can be 30 - 40cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use of its wood and fibre.
C. America - Costa Rica to Mexico.
Moist or wet forest or thickets, usually at elevations of 250 - 1,600 metres, but sometimes lower[
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The tough bark often is used as a substitute for twine and rope[
]. The fibre is tough and strong[
The wood is white or nearly so with no clear demarcation between the thick layer of sapwood and the heartwood. It is fairly straight-grained, rather coarse-textured, rather stringy. The wood is very light, very soft, spongy, brittle, weak, not durable[
]. It is easily worked, but does not take a polish[
]. Of little or no use[
]. In South America Heliocarpus wood has been used for interior construction, boxes, and paper pulp[
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