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Useful Tropical Plants

Licania apetala

(E.Mey.) Fritsch

Chrysobalanaceae

+ Synonyms

Hirtella apetala E.Mey.

Licania affinis Kuntze

Licania aperta Benth

Licania caracasana Klotzsch ex Hook.f.

Licania dahlgrenii Standl.

Licania floribunda Benth.

Licania hylaea Cuatrec.

Licania kuntzeana Urb.

Licania pendula Benth.

Licania pubiflora Benth.

Moquilea floribunda (Benth.) Hook.f.

Moquilea kuntzeana (Urb.) R.O.Williams

Moquilea orinocensis Rusby

Moquilea pendula (Benth.) Hook.f.

Common Name:

Licania apetala

General Information

Licania apetala is a tree that can grow up to 40 metres tall[
422
Title
Fruits of the Guianan Flora
Publication
 
Author
van Roosmalen. M.G.M.
Publisher
Institute of Systematic Boyany, Utrecht University; Netherlands.
Year
1985
ISBN
90-9000988-4
Description
Terse descriptions of over 1,700 species from the Guianas that bear fruits - not necessarily edible! Often mentions if the fruit is edible, plus gives brief description of habit and habitat.
]. The bole can be 40cm or more in diameter[
630
Title
Botanical Museum Leaflets Vol 28
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Harvard University; Cambridge, Mass.
Year
1981
ISBN
 
Description
An article on the Ethnopharmacological uses of plants in northwestern S. America, amongst many other articles. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].
The tree is harvested from the wild for its timber.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

422
Title
Fruits of the Guianan Flora
Publication
 
Author
van Roosmalen. M.G.M.
Publisher
Institute of Systematic Boyany, Utrecht University; Netherlands.
Year
1985
ISBN
90-9000988-4
Description
Terse descriptions of over 1,700 species from the Guianas that bear fruits - not necessarily edible! Often mentions if the fruit is edible, plus gives brief description of habit and habitat.
,
734
Title
Chrysobalanaceae Part 1. Species Plantarum: Flora of the World, Part 9: 1-319
Publication
 
Author
Prance G.T.; Sothers C.A.
Website
http://www.ville-ge.ch/cjb
Publisher
Australian Biological Resources Study; Canberra.
Year
2003
ISBN
0 642 56832 4
Description
An excellent monograph, part of a very ambitious project to catalogue all the plants in the world. It can be downloaded as a PDF file from the Internet.

Range

S. America - Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, north to Trinidad in the Caribbean.

Habitat

Rainforests and savannahs[
422
Title
Fruits of the Guianan Flora
Publication
 
Author
van Roosmalen. M.G.M.
Publisher
Institute of Systematic Boyany, Utrecht University; Netherlands.
Year
1985
ISBN
90-9000988-4
Description
Terse descriptions of over 1,700 species from the Guianas that bear fruits - not necessarily edible! Often mentions if the fruit is edible, plus gives brief description of habit and habitat.
]. Gallery forest, periodically flooded forest, river margins, savannah margins, and open river beaches on sandy soil[
734
Title
Chrysobalanaceae Part 1. Species Plantarum: Flora of the World, Part 9: 1-319
Publication
 
Author
Prance G.T.; Sothers C.A.
Website
http://www.ville-ge.ch/cjb
Publisher
Australian Biological Resources Study; Canberra.
Year
2003
ISBN
0 642 56832 4
Description
An excellent monograph, part of a very ambitious project to catalogue all the plants in the world. It can be downloaded as a PDF file from the Internet.
].

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitTree
Height30.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details


Often found on sandy soils in the wild[
733
Title
Opiliaceae. Species Plantarum: Flora of the World, Part 12: 1-71
Publication
 
Author
Hiepko P.
Website
http://www.ville-ge.ch/cjb
Publisher
Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de la Ville de Genève; Switze
Year
2008
ISBN
978-2-8277-0451-4
Description
An excellent monograph, part of a very ambitious project to catalogue all the plants in the world. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The bark is burned, and the ashes are mixed with clay for making pots[
630
Title
Botanical Museum Leaflets Vol 28
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Harvard University; Cambridge, Mass.
Year
1981
ISBN
 
Description
An article on the Ethnopharmacological uses of plants in northwestern S. America, amongst many other articles. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

The wood is strong[
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.
]. It is used for general construction and carpentry[
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.
].
We have no more specific information on the qualities of this wood, the following is the general description for the genus:-
The wood is a pale or pinkish brown with a greyish tinge, sometimes darkening on exposure, and with long, broad, prominent, dark reddish brown gum streaks[
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.
]. Straight-grained; medium or coarse-textured; when seasoned it is odourless and tasteless. The wood is heavy, hard, strong, and durable. It is easy to split and takes a smooth, fairly lustrous polish[
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.
]. It should be suitable for heavy construction[
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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