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Useful Tropical Plants

Lacmellea edulis

H.Karst.

Apocynaceae


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 Autónoma de México, México, D.F.. However, in some works, including the on-line version of the Flora do Brasil, Lacmellea lactescens is treated as a distinct species[
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Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].

+ Synonyms

Lacmellea armata (Pittier) Monach.

Lacmellea lactescens (Kuhlm.) Markgr.

Zschokkea armata Pittier

Zschokkea lactescens Kuhlm.

Common Name:

Lacmellea edulis
Drawing of the flowering and fruiting branch
Photograph by: Karsten, K.W.G.H., Florae Columbiae, vol. 2: t. 152 (1869)
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General Information

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.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

412
Title
Illustrated Guide to the Trees of Peru
Publication
 
Author
Pennington, T.D.; Reynel, C. & Daza, A.
Publisher
David Hunt; Sherbourne, England.
Year
2004
ISBN
0 9538134 3 6
Description
A very terse guide to the trees of Peru, managing to give basic guides to a large number of genera, with more detail on a few species in each genus.

Range

Northern S. America - Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela; C. America - Panama.

Habitat

Lowland Amazonian rainforest[
412
Title
Illustrated Guide to the Trees of Peru
Publication
 
Author
Pennington, T.D.; Reynel, C. & Daza, A.
Publisher
David Hunt; Sherbourne, England.
Year
2004
ISBN
0 9538134 3 6
Description
A very terse guide to the trees of Peru, managing to give basic guides to a large number of genera, with more detail on a few species in each genus.
].

Properties

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

Cultivation Details

A plant of mainly low elevations in the moist tropics.

Edible Uses

Fruit - raw[
412
Title
Illustrated Guide to the Trees of Peru
Publication
 
Author
Pennington, T.D.; Reynel, C. & Daza, A.
Publisher
David Hunt; Sherbourne, England.
Year
2004
ISBN
0 9538134 3 6
Description
A very terse guide to the trees of Peru, managing to give basic guides to a large number of genera, with more detail on a few species in each genus.
]. The yellow berry is 20 - 25cm in diameter[
412
Title
Illustrated Guide to the Trees of Peru
Publication
 
Author
Pennington, T.D.; Reynel, C. & Daza, A.
Publisher
David Hunt; Sherbourne, England.
Year
2004
ISBN
0 9538134 3 6
Description
A very terse guide to the trees of Peru, managing to give basic guides to a large number of genera, with more detail on a few species in each genus.
].

The latex of some species is palatable[
412
Title
Illustrated Guide to the Trees of Peru
Publication
 
Author
Pennington, T.D.; Reynel, C. & Daza, A.
Publisher
David Hunt; Sherbourne, England.
Year
2004
ISBN
0 9538134 3 6
Description
A very terse guide to the trees of Peru, managing to give basic guides to a large number of genera, with more detail on a few species in each genus.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The latex obtained from the plant is of low quality, but is sometimes used to adulterate rubber from Hevea brasiliensis[
412
Title
Illustrated Guide to the Trees of Peru
Publication
 
Author
Pennington, T.D.; Reynel, C. & Daza, A.
Publisher
David Hunt; Sherbourne, England.
Year
2004
ISBN
0 9538134 3 6
Description
A very terse guide to the trees of Peru, managing to give basic guides to a large number of genera, with more detail on a few species in each genus.
].

Propagation

Seed -

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