Lacmellea arborescens peruviana (Van Heurck & Müll.Arg.) Monach.
Zschokkea peruviana Van Heurck & Müll.Arg.
Lacmellea peruviana is a shrub or a slender tree with a spreading crown; it can grow up to 12 metres tall. The straight, cylindrical bole can be unbranched for 1 - 2 metres[
The tree is harvested from the wild for the local use of its edible fruit, latex and timber.
S. America - Peru.
Lowland Amazonian rainforest, where it is found in sandy or dry medium loam soils amongst shrubs and small trees of secondary growth at elevations from 150 - 450 metres[
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A plant of mainly low elevations in the moist tropics.
The plant grows in the wild in sandy or loamy soils[
Fruit - raw[
]. The orange to reddish berry is around 10 - 30cm 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[
The wood is pale pinkish brown, at times with a pale greyish cast. It is straight or moderately straight-grained; medium-textured; of medium weight to fairly heavy; easy to cut and takes a smooth finish; checks in drying and subject to attack by insects[
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