Calyplectus punicifolius Bertero ex DC.
Lafoensia mexicana Sessé & Moc.
Lafoensia punicifolia is an evergreen tree with a sparse crown[ it usually grows 10 - 15 metres tall, with occasional specimens up to 27 metres. The tree has a straight, cylindrical bole that can be up to 1 metre in diameter and is slightly buttressed on larger trees[
This species is the origin of cne of the principal dyes of the native peoples in Panama, producing a beautiful yellow colour. The tree is harvested from the wild, both for this dye and also for its timber[
S. America - Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela; C. America - Panama to Mexico.
A characteristic component of tropical moist forest[
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A fine yellow dye is obtained from the tree[
]. From the wood?[
The heartwood is yellow; the usually thick band of sapwood is pale yellow. The wood is usually straight and very fine-grained; rather hard; heavy; strong; tough; moderately durable, even in contact with the soil. It takes a very good polish[
]. It has many uses[
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