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Useful Tropical Plants

Heliocarpus mexicanus

(Turcz.) Sprague

Malvaceae

+ Synonyms

Adenodiscus mexicanus Turcz.

Heliocarpus belizensis Lundell

Heliocarpus glabrescens Hochr.

Heliocarpus glandulifer B.L.Rob. ex Rose

Triumfetta mexicana Turcz.

Common Name:

Heliocarpus mexicanus
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Heliocarpus mexicanus Heliocarpus mexicanus

General Information

Heliocarpus mexicanus is a shrub or small tree that can grow up to 15 metres tall[
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/
].
The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use of its wood, fibre and its bark, which is used as a clarifying agent.

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/
,
751
Title
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden Vol. 36
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Gardens; Mass.
Year
1949
ISBN
 
Description
A botanical journal, it contains a monograph of the genus Heliocarpus. It can be downloaded from the Internet.

Range

C. America - Costa Rica to Mexico.

Habitat

Moist or dry forest or thickets, often in secondary growth; roadways, river banks, or on hill slopes; hill tops in open places; usually at lower elevations, but also found up to 2,100 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/
,
751
Title
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden Vol. 36
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Gardens; Mass.
Year
1949
ISBN
 
Description
A botanical journal, it contains a monograph of the genus Heliocarpus. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitTree
Height0.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The bark of the young branches yields a strong, durable fibre from which a coarse rope is made. It is used also for weaving mats and baskets[
751
Title
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden Vol. 36
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Gardens; Mass.
Year
1949
ISBN
 
Description
A botanical journal, it contains a monograph of the genus Heliocarpus. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

The mucilage of the bark is sometimes utilized for clarifying the syrup when making sugar[
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/
].

The wood is soft and light in weight. It is used for floats and bottle-stoppers. Because of its lightness it has also been used for making rafts[
751
Title
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden Vol. 36
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Gardens; Mass.
Year
1949
ISBN
 
Description
A botanical journal, it contains a monograph of the genus Heliocarpus. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Propagation

Seed -

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