Hancornia ramosissima Spruce ex MÃ¼ll.Arg.
Zschokkea ramosissima MÃ¼ll.Arg.
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[
The tree is harvested from the wild for the local use of its edible fruit, latex and timber.
S. America - Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela.
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[
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A plant of mainly low elevations in the moist tropics.
Fruit - raw[
The latex of some species is palatable[
]. The latex of this species is sweet-flavoured[
The bark and sapwood, when incised, exude a viscid, sweet latex, said to be tapped during the rainy season for medicinal use[
The latex obtained from the plant is of low quality, but is sometimes used to adulterate rubber from Hevea brasiliensis[
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[
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