Lacmellea lactescens (Kuhlm.) Markgr., is treated here as a synonym of this species, as per Davidse, G. & al. (eds.) (2009). Flora Mesoamericana 4(1): 1-855. Universidad Nacional AutÃ³noma de MÃ©xico, MÃ©xico, D.F.. However, in some works, including the on-line version of the Flora do Brasil, Lacmellea lactescens is treated as a distinct species[
Lacmellea armata (Pittier) Monach.
Lacmellea lactescens (Kuhlm.) Markgr.
Zschokkea armata Pittier
Zschokkea lactescens Kuhlm.
Lacmellea lactescens is a tree. The bole is armed with conical spines.
The tree is harvested from the wild for the local use of its edible fruit and latex.
Northern S. America - Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela; C. America - Panama.
Lowland Amazonian rainforest[
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A plant of mainly low elevations in the moist tropics.
Fruit - raw[
]. The yellow berry is 20 - 25cm in diameter[
The latex of some species is palatable[
The latex obtained from the plant is of low quality, but is sometimes used to adulterate rubber from Hevea brasiliensis[
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