Juglans domingensis Dode
Juglans insularis Griseb.
Juglans portoricensis Dode
Common Name: West Indian Walnut
West Indian Walnut is a deciduous tree with a slender crown; it can grow 12 metres tall or more. The bole can be 45 - 60cm in diameter.
The edible seeds are gathered from the wild and eaten locally. The tree also supplies timber and tannins.
The natural habitat of the tree has been extensively destroyed and degraded, leading to a reduction in the population of this species, which was already only present in small numbers[
]. The tree is classified as 'Vulnerable' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2010)[
Caribbean - Jamaica (possibly a mistaken report), Hispaniola, Cuba, Puerto Rico.
Wet montane forest[
]. Forests, especially near streams[
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A plant of moderate to higher elevations in the tropics, in areas where there is good rainfall[
Seeds - raw or cooked. The shells are very thick and hard to break open, with little edible flesh inside[
The fruits and barks of most, if not all, members of this genus are rich in tannins[
The wood of most members of this genus is valued for its toughness, hardness and durability[
]. The wood of this species is occasionally used for making furniture.
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[
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