Licania ternatensis is an evergreen tree that can grow up to 30 metres tall. The long, straight, bole can be 60 - 90cm in diameter and is unbuttressed, though it can sometimes be fluted[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its timber, which is used locally and is also exported.
Caribbean - Leeward Islands, Trinidad, Windward Isles.
]. Forests and forested slopes[
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The heartwood is dark reddish brown, demarcated from the white sapwood. The wood is fairly close grained and heavy; both heartwood and sapwood are extremely hard and tough[
]. Although no specific information is available for this species, any other members of this genus that have been tested to date have been found to have a high silica content[
]. The machining characteristics are poor because of the wood’s great density and high silica content. It is extremely difficult to saw and quickly dulls cutting edges[
]. Licania species in general have a low durability in the soil, though they are also noted for their high silica content and the resistance this gives them to marine borers[
]. A closely related species, Licania densiflora, has shown considerable resistance to marine borer attack. The wood is used locally for interior posts and beams. The probable but unproved high marine borer resistance of untreated wood suggests it should serve its highest use for piling and other marine construction. Other species of the genus are used for house framing and paving blocks[
]. It is probably a good wood for turnery[
The wood is used for making charcoal[
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