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Useful Tropical Plants

Lacmellea ramosissima

(Müll.Arg.) Markgr.

Apocynaceae

+ Synonyms

Hancornia ramosissima Spruce ex Müll.Arg.

Zschokkea ramosissima Müll.Arg.

Common Name:

Lacmellea ramosissima
Flowering branch
Photograph by: Rodolfo Vásquez
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Lacmellea ramosissima Lacmellea ramosissima

General Information

Lacmellea ramosissima is a tall shrub or small tree with a spreading crown; it can grow up to 5.4 metres tall. The bole is moderately straight, around 22cm in diameter[
453
Title
Woods of Northeastern Peru
Publication
 
Author
Williams L.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
Field Museum Press; Chicago.
Year
1936
ISBN
 
Description
Gives information on the properties of the wood of well over 1,000 species of woody plants from northeastern Peru. Can be downloaded from the Internet.
].
The tree is harvested from the wild for the local use of its edible fruit, latex and timber.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

S. America - Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela.

Habitat

Lowland Amazonian rainforest, where it is most frequently found in open dry loam soils amongst shrubs and small trees at elevations from 120 - 450 metres[
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 *  *
Medicinal 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 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.
]. The latex of this species is sweet-flavoured[
453
Title
Woods of Northeastern Peru
Publication
 
Author
Williams L.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
Field Museum Press; Chicago.
Year
1936
ISBN
 
Description
Gives information on the properties of the wood of well over 1,000 species of woody plants from northeastern Peru. Can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Medicinal

The bark and sapwood, when incised, exude a viscid, sweet latex, said to be tapped during the rainy season for medicinal use[
453
Title
Woods of Northeastern Peru
Publication
 
Author
Williams L.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
Field Museum Press; Chicago.
Year
1936
ISBN
 
Description
Gives information on the properties of the wood of well over 1,000 species of woody plants from northeastern Peru. Can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Other Uses

The latex obtained from the plant is of low quality, but is sometimes used to adulterate rubber from Hevea brasiliensis[
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.
,
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 wood is pale cream-coloured to dark pinkish brown. It is straight or fairly straight-grained; medium-textured; light and firm to rather heavy and tenacious; not difficult to work and takes a smooth polish; appears to be durable[
453
Title
Woods of Northeastern Peru
Publication
 
Author
Williams L.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
Field Museum Press; Chicago.
Year
1936
ISBN
 
Description
Gives information on the properties of the wood of well over 1,000 species of woody plants from northeastern Peru. Can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Propagation

Seed -

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