Licania benthamii Hook.f.
Licania biglandulosa Griseb. ex Urb.
Licania costata Spruce ex Hook.f.
Licania glabra Mart. ex Hook.f.
Licania guianensis Klotzsch
Licania subcordata (Fritsch) Fritsch
Licania heteromorpha is a tree growing up to 30 metres tall. The bole can be unbranched for up to 13 metres and 40 - 80cm in diameter[
]. The tree has stilt roots and sometimes also has clusters of aerial roots at the base[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine, mordant and source of wood.
S. America - Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, the Guyanas; Caribbean - Trinidad.
]. Commonest in periodically flooded forest, but also occurring elsewhere[
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An infusion of the inner bark is drunk as a treatment for tuberculosis[
An infusion of the bark is used to treat venereal diseases and diarrhoea[
The powdered outer bark is sprinkled on wounds to keep them clean and dry[
An unspecified plant part is used as an antidiarrhoeal[
The sap of the plant is applied externally to treat sores and skin blemishes such as 'lotta', a fungal infection[
An oil or resinous matter is extracted from the fruits. It is used for making paints[
An infusion of the inner bark is used as a mordant to fix the inks when decorating items such as bottle gourds[
The wood is hard and very durable - in tests it lasted for 18 years in the soil[
]. It is used for internal works and cabinet making.
The wood is a good fuel, burning well with a clean flame[
We have no more specific information on this wood - the following is a general description for the wood of this 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[
]. 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[
]. It should be suitable for heavy construction[
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