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Useful Tropical Plants

Licania operculipetala

Standl. & L.O.Williams

Chrysobalanaceae

+ Synonyms

Common Name:

Licania operculipetala
Leaf
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Licania operculipetala Licania operculipetala

General Information

Licania operculipetala is an evergreen tree with a thick, rounded, compact crown; it can grow 25 - 35 metres tall[
510
Title
Trees of Costa Rica's Pacific Slope
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.cds.ed.cr/teachers/harmon/page1.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Information on over 80 species of tree from the Pacific coast of Costa Rica.
]. The straight, almost cylindrical bole can be 110cm in diameter and is buttressed to about 2.5 metres[
510
Title
Trees of Costa Rica's Pacific Slope
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.cds.ed.cr/teachers/harmon/page1.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Information on over 80 species of tree from the Pacific coast of Costa Rica.
,
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.
].
The tree is harvested from the wild as a local source of wood.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

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

Central America - Costa Rica.

Habitat

A canopy or emergent tree in forests along the coastal zones; on well-drained ridges and hills; and the bottomlands of the wetter valleys[
510
Title
Trees of Costa Rica's Pacific Slope
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.cds.ed.cr/teachers/harmon/page1.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Information on over 80 species of tree from the Pacific coast of Costa Rica.
].

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height30.00 m
PollinatorsBees, Insects
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details


Prefers a moist but well-drained soil[
510
Title
Trees of Costa Rica's Pacific Slope
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.cds.ed.cr/teachers/harmon/page1.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Information on over 80 species of tree from the Pacific coast of Costa Rica.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The reddish wood is locally famous for its extreme hardness and density. It is said that sawmills generally reject it as a timber tree because of the difficulty encountered by blades in cutting through the wood. Apparently, some sections of the wood contain deposits of silicate minerals (drawn in through the roots) - literally giving these fibres a rock-hard texture[
510
Title
Trees of Costa Rica's Pacific Slope
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.cds.ed.cr/teachers/harmon/page1.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Information on over 80 species of tree from the Pacific coast of Costa Rica.
].

Propagation

Seed -
In the wild, the seeds germinate within two months of fruit fall, and the seedlings - using the stored food in the large seed - can grow 20cm during their first two weeks of life[
510
Title
Trees of Costa Rica's Pacific Slope
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.cds.ed.cr/teachers/harmon/page1.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Information on over 80 species of tree from the Pacific coast of Costa Rica.
].
Cite as: Tropical Plants Database, Ken Fern. tropical.theferns.info. 2019-07-23. <tropical.theferns.info/viewtropical.php?id=Licania+operculipetala>

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