Iryanthera elongata Huber
Iryanthera sessilis Markgr.
Iryanthera paraensis is a tree with an open or conical crown; it can grow 10 - 23 metres tall. The straight, cylindrical bole can be around 20cm in diameter, and clear of limbs for more than two-thirds of its height[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and also for its wood.
S. America - Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Surinam; C. America - Costa Rica.
Marsh forests along water courses[
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Fruit - raw[
]. The purple-red aril surrounding the seed is eaten[
]. The fruit has a vertical groove, it is attached to the trunk[
Bark thin, smooth, slightly sweet, reddish or chocolate brown, and yields, when cut, a small amount of dark reddish brown resin[
The wood varies in colour from pale yellowish to russet brown with pale grayish cast. The texture is fine and uniform; the grain straight. The wood is of medium weight, durable; it takes a smooth finish. Growth rings are faintly visible owing to slight variation in depth of colour[
The wood is used for fuel[
We do not have any more information on the wood of this species, but the following is a general description for the wood of this genus:-
The heartwood is variable, light pinkish cinnamon, dull oatmeal, medium to dark brown, sometimes reddish or purplish; it is often not very clearly demarcated from the wide band of oatmeal-coloured sapwood. The texture is medium; the grain mostly straight; lustre is medium to fairly high; without distinctive odour or taste. The wood can be air-dried with little or only moderate difficulty; slight to moderate checking and warp may develop. All of the species in this genus have very good machining properties and produce smooth surfaces on the normally straight-grained material. The wood is easily peeled for veneer. It is used for purposes such as millwork, turnery, furniture, boxes and crates, veneer and plywood, general construction, fiberboard, and particleboard[
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