Acrodiclidium salicifolium (Sw.) Griseb.
Aydendron salicifolium (Sw.) Nees
Laurus salicifolia Sw.
Misanteca salicifolia (Sw.) Lundell
Licaria salicifolia is an evergreen tree with a narrow, pointed crown; it can grow up to 15 metres tall. The straight bole can be 30cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its wood, which is used locally and also traded.
Caribbean - Lesser Antilles to Puerto Rico.
Forests in moist limestone and dry coastlands[
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All parts of the plant have a spicy aroma[
The light brown wood is heavy. It is used for poles and posts[
The wood is used for fuel[
We have no more information on the wood of this species. However, a general description of the wood in this genus is as follows:-
The heartwood is orange or brown-yellow when freshly cut, darkening on exposure to yellowish-brown or coffee-brown and sometimes with a tinge of red or violet; the sapwood is light yellowish-brown. The texture is fine to medium; grain straight to slightly interlocked; lustre moderate; there is a fragrant odour from the fresh wood, most of which is lost on drying. The wood has an excellent resistance to both brown-rot and white-rot fungi; it is also rated very high resistance to dry-wood termites, but there is little resistance to attack by marine borers. Air seasoning characteristics are variable depending upon the source and the species, ranging from easy to season to moderately difficult; warp is slight but checking can be severe. The high density material is difficult to work but cuts smoothly; it tends to splinter in boring; it requires care in gluing; takes an excellent finish. The wood is used for making furniture, turnery, boat building, heavy construction, and parquet flooring[
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