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Useful Tropical Plants

Lecythis mesophylla

S.A.Mori

Lecythidaceae

+ Synonyms

Common Name:

Lecythis mesophylla
Canopy
Photograph by: Reinaldo Aguilar Fernández
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General Information

Lecythis mesophylla is a tree with a sparse crown; it can grow up to 40 metres tall. The straight, cylindrical bole can be free of branches for up to 27 metres and 85cm in diameter[
961
Title
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden Vol. 57
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; Missouri.
Year
1970
ISBN
 
Description
A botanical journal with a range of articles. It can be downloaded from the Internet/
].
The tree is harvested rom the wild for its wood, which is traded.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

961
Title
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden Vol. 57
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; Missouri.
Year
1970
ISBN
 
Description
A botanical journal with a range of articles. It can be downloaded from the Internet/

Range

S. America - Colombia; C. America - Panama, Costa Rica.

Habitat

Not known

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitTree
Height35.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The heartwood is red; the 5 - 10cm wide band of sapwood is cream-coloured[
961
Title
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden Vol. 57
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; Missouri.
Year
1970
ISBN
 
Description
A botanical journal with a range of articles. It can be downloaded from the Internet/
].
We have no more specific information on the wood of this species. A general description of the wood from this genus is as follows:-
The heartwood is light to dark salmon; the sapwood is creamy-yellow. The texture is medium fine and uniform; the grain fairly straight or slightly interlocked; lustre is mostly low but high in some species; there is no distinctive odour or taste. The wood is reported to be very durable upon exposure to both a white-rot and a brown-rot fungus confirming its reputation for high resistance to decay; it is also highly resistant to dry-wood termites and is reported to be moderately resistant to marine borer attack. It is rated as easy to moderately difficult to air season, depending on species; a slow to rapid drying rate is reported; warp and checking ranged from slight to moderate. The wood is moderately difficult to work because of its high density; however, surfaces obtained in planing, boring, sawing, and shaping were smooth and rated as good to excellent. Silica content varies with species and dulling of cutters is also variable. The wood is used for purposes such as heavy construction, ship keels and beams, railroad crossties, industrial flooring and other uses requiring high impact resistance (wagon wheels, tool handles), turnery[
316
Title
Tropical Timbers of the World. Ag. Handbook No. 607.
Publication
 
Author
Chudnoff. Martin.
Publisher
USDA Forest Service. Wisconsin.
Year
1984
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details on the properties of the wood of almost 400 species of trees from the Tropics.
].

Propagation

Seed -
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