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Useful Tropical Plants

Matayba domingensis

(DC.) Radlk.

Sapindaceae

+ Synonyms

Ratonia domingensis DC.

Common Name: Negra Lora

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General Information

Negra lora is an evergreen tree with a compact, slightly spreading canopy, growing 9 - 18 metres tall. The bole can be 45cm in diameter[
447
Title
Common Trees of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands
Publication
 
Author
Little E.L.; Wadsworth F.H.
Publisher
USDA, Forest Service; Washington.
Year
1964
ISBN
 
Description
Contains detailed information, and usually an illustration, on 250 tree species, including both native and exotic species.
].
Negra lora is an attractive, very hard, strong wood that is commonly harvested from the wild[
447
Title
Common Trees of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands
Publication
 
Author
Little E.L.; Wadsworth F.H.
Publisher
USDA, Forest Service; Washington.
Year
1964
ISBN
 
Description
Contains detailed information, and usually an illustration, on 250 tree species, including both native and exotic species.
,
471
Title
Puerto Rican Woods. Agriculture Handbook No. 205
Publication
 
Author
Longwood F.R.
Publisher
USDA Forest Service; Washington
Year
1961
ISBN
 
Description
Descriptions of 60 timbers from Puerto Rica.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Caribbean - Cuba to the Virgin Islands.

Habitat

Mountain forests in the transition zone between the lower and upper mountain regions of Puerto Rico[
447
Title
Common Trees of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands
Publication
 
Author
Little E.L.; Wadsworth F.H.
Publisher
USDA, Forest Service; Washington.
Year
1964
ISBN
 
Description
Contains detailed information, and usually an illustration, on 250 tree species, including both native and exotic species.
].

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height14.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The heartwood is a uniform pinkish brown; it is not clearly demarcated from the lighter coloured sapwood. The wood is fine-textured; irregular and interlocked-grain; moderately lustrous; with a distinctive foul odour; growth rings are not easily distinguished. The wood is heavy; very hard; strong; it is not very durable and is very susceptible to damage by dry-wood termites and other insects[
471
Title
Puerto Rican Woods. Agriculture Handbook No. 205
Publication
 
Author
Longwood F.R.
Publisher
USDA Forest Service; Washington
Year
1961
ISBN
 
Description
Descriptions of 60 timbers from Puerto Rica.
]. It is moderately difficult to saw and machine and has an appreciable dulling effect on cutting edges; machined surfaces are of good quality in all operations except planing, in which the irregular grain causes considerable coarse fuzziness and tearing; despite its roey grain, it splits rather easily when screws are driven; it should glue well and take all stains and polishes satisfactorily[
471
Title
Puerto Rican Woods. Agriculture Handbook No. 205
Publication
 
Author
Longwood F.R.
Publisher
USDA Forest Service; Washington
Year
1961
ISBN
 
Description
Descriptions of 60 timbers from Puerto Rica.
]. The wood is well suited for furniture, cabinet-work, turnery, interior trim, flooring, and other products which require an attractive wood that works well but that need not be durable. The wood should also be useful for handles, agricultural implements, cartwrights work of all types, cart and vehicle bodies, and other uses where its hardness and strength are a consideration. It would also be suitable for both light and heavy construction of all types where durability is not, a factor and, after preservative treatment, for posts and poles[
447
Title
Common Trees of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands
Publication
 
Author
Little E.L.; Wadsworth F.H.
Publisher
USDA, Forest Service; Washington.
Year
1964
ISBN
 
Description
Contains detailed information, and usually an illustration, on 250 tree species, including both native and exotic species.
,
471
Title
Puerto Rican Woods. Agriculture Handbook No. 205
Publication
 
Author
Longwood F.R.
Publisher
USDA Forest Service; Washington
Year
1961
ISBN
 
Description
Descriptions of 60 timbers from Puerto Rica.
].

Propagation

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