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Useful Tropical Plants

Juglans boliviana

(C.DC.) Dode

Juglandaceae

+ Synonyms

Juglans nigra boliviana C.DC.

Juglans peruviana Dode

Common Name:

Juglans boliviana
Foliage
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Juglans boliviana Juglans boliviana

General Information

Juglans boliviana is a large, deciduous tree growing up to 35 metres tall.
The edible seeds are gathered from the wild and eaten locally. The tree also supplies timber and tannins.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

434
Title
Flora of Peru
Publication
 
Author
Macbride. J.F.
Publisher
Field Museum of Natural History
Year
1936
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent attempt at a Flora of Peru, though it is clear that many of the plants were imperfectly known at that time and so information on them was sketchy. Available for download from the Internet.

Range

S. America - Bolivia, Peru.

Habitat

Rainforests, often on slopes, at elevations around 800 - 1,200 metres.

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitDeciduous Tree
Height30.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

A plant of moderate to higher elevations in the tropics, in areas where there is good rainfall[
595
Title
Journal of the Arnold Arboretum Vol. 38
Publication
 
Author
Various
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Harvard University.
Year
1957
ISBN
 
Description
Amongst other things, it contains an article on the Juglans of central America. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Edible Uses

Seeds - raw or cooked[
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.
]. Of good quality[
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.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The fruits and barks of most, if not all, members of this genus are rich in tannins[
411
Title
Trees and Shrubs of Mexico
Publication
Contributions from the United States National Herbarium Vol 23
Author
Standley P.C.
Publisher
Smithsonian Institution; Washington
Year
1926
ISBN
 
Description
Although dated, it contains a wealth of information on the trees and shrubs of Mexico, including many of their uses. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

The wood of most members of this genus is valued for its toughness, hardness and durability[
411
Title
Trees and Shrubs of Mexico
Publication
Contributions from the United States National Herbarium Vol 23
Author
Standley P.C.
Publisher
Smithsonian Institution; Washington
Year
1926
ISBN
 
Description
Although dated, it contains a wealth of information on the trees and shrubs of Mexico, including many of their uses. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].
We do not have any more information for this species, but the general description for the wood of the tropical members of this genus is as follows:-
The heartwood is chocolate-brown and generally darker than the North American black walnut (Juglans nigra), sometimes with a purplish cast; it is sharply demarcated from the whitish sapwood. The texture is rather coarse; the grain is straight to irregular; luster is high; odour and taste are mild but distinctive. The wood dries very slowly, wet zones persist, and severe honeycombing and collapse may occur in stock thicker than 10cm x 10cm. The wood works well, cutting cleanly with hand and machine tools and taking an excellent finish. It also peels and slices readily but the veneers are also reported to dry slowly. It is used for decorative veneers, furniture, cabinet work, interior finish, and other applications similar to the North American black walnut[
316
Title
Tropical Timbers of the World. Ag. Handbook No. 607.
Publication
 
Author
Chudnoff. Martin.
Publisher
USDA Forest Service. Wisconsin.
Year
1984
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details on the properties of the wood of almost 400 species of trees from the Tropics.
].

Propagation

Seed -

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