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Useful Tropical Plants

Micropholis guyanensis

(A.DC.) Pierre

Sapotaceae

+ Synonyms

Chrysophyllum acuminatum Poir.

Chrysophyllum discolor Walp. & Duchass. ex Pierre

Chrysophyllum melinonii Engl.

Mastichodendron williamsii (Baehni) Baehni ex Bernardi

Micropholis achradoformis Pierre

Micropholis balata Pierre

Micropholis chrysophylloides Pierre

Micropholis cowanii Aubrév.

Micropholis cruegeriana Pierre

Micropholis curvata (Pierre) Pierre & Urb.

Micropholis cyrtobotrya (Mart. ex Miq.) Baill.

Micropholis discolor Pierre

Micropholis dominicensis Pierre

Micropholis eggersiana Pierre

Micropholis imrayana Pierre

Micropholis portoricensis Pierre

Micropholis rufa (Mart. & Eichler ex Miq.) Pierre

Micropholis truncata Pierre

Planchonella melinonii (Engl.) Baehni

Pouteria achradoformis (Pierre) Baehni

Pouteria aeranea Baehni

Pouteria balata (Pierre) Baehni,

Pouteria bopiensis Baehni,

Pouteria chrysophylloides (Pierre) Stehlé

Pouteria cruegeriana (Pierre) Baehni

Pouteria cyrtobotrya (Mart. ex Miq.) Baehni,

Pouteria discolor (Pierre) Stehlé

Pouteria dominicensis (Pierre) Stehlé

Pouteria melinonii (Engl.) Baehni

Pouteria piresii Baehni

Pouteria rufa (Mart. & Eichler ex Miq.) Baehni

Pouteria silvicola Baehni

Pouteria truncata (Pierre) Baehni

Sideroxylon chrysophylloides Pierre

Sideroxylon cyrtobotryum Mart. ex Miq.

Sideroxylon guyanense A.DC.

Sideroxylon rufum Mart. & Eichler ex Miq.

Sideroxylon williamsii Baehni

Sprucella cyrtobotrya (Mart. ex Miq.) Pierre

Common Name:

Micropholis guyanensis
Micropholis guyanensis Micropholis guyanensis

General Information

Micropholis guyanensis is an evergreen tree with a dense, narrow crown of dark green foliage; it can grow up to 40 metres tall[
422
Title
Fruits of the Guianan Flora
Publication
 
Author
van Roosmalen. M.G.M.
Publisher
Institute of Systematic Boyany, Utrecht University; Netherlands.
Year
1985
ISBN
90-9000988-4
Description
Terse descriptions of over 1,700 species from the Guianas that bear fruits - not necessarily edible! Often mentions if the fruit is edible, plus gives brief description of habit and habitat.
]. The straight, cylindrical bole is unbranched for up to 18 metres and 60cm or more in diameter; it has flat buttresses up to 2 metres tall[
341
Title
South American Timbers: the Properties, Uses and Characteristics of 190 Species.
Publication
 
Author
Bolza. E. & Christensen. F.J.
Publisher
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization
Year
1979
ISBN
0 643 02582 0
Description
A very useful guide.
,
422
Title
Fruits of the Guianan Flora
Publication
 
Author
van Roosmalen. M.G.M.
Publisher
Institute of Systematic Boyany, Utrecht University; Netherlands.
Year
1985
ISBN
90-9000988-4
Description
Terse descriptions of over 1,700 species from the Guianas that bear fruits - not necessarily edible! Often mentions if the fruit is edible, plus gives brief description of habit and habitat.
,
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.
].
The edible fruit is gathered from the wild for local consumption. The tree also yields a gum and a wood that is used locally and also traded as 'curupixa' timber.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

422
Title
Fruits of the Guianan Flora
Publication
 
Author
van Roosmalen. M.G.M.
Publisher
Institute of Systematic Boyany, Utrecht University; Netherlands.
Year
1985
ISBN
90-9000988-4
Description
Terse descriptions of over 1,700 species from the Guianas that bear fruits - not necessarily edible! Often mentions if the fruit is edible, plus gives brief description of habit and habitat.

Range

S. America - Brazil, Bolivia and Peru, north to the Caribbean and through Central America to Costa Rica.

Habitat

Rainforests and savannah forests[
422
Title
Fruits of the Guianan Flora
Publication
 
Author
van Roosmalen. M.G.M.
Publisher
Institute of Systematic Boyany, Utrecht University; Netherlands.
Year
1985
ISBN
90-9000988-4
Description
Terse descriptions of over 1,700 species from the Guianas that bear fruits - not necessarily edible! Often mentions if the fruit is edible, plus gives brief description of habit and habitat.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height30.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



Plants can flower and produce fruit for much of the year[
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.
].

Edible Uses

Fruit[
422
Title
Fruits of the Guianan Flora
Publication
 
Author
van Roosmalen. M.G.M.
Publisher
Institute of Systematic Boyany, Utrecht University; Netherlands.
Year
1985
ISBN
90-9000988-4
Description
Terse descriptions of over 1,700 species from the Guianas that bear fruits - not necessarily edible! Often mentions if the fruit is edible, plus gives brief description of habit and habitat.
]. The pulp is soft, white and transparent[
422
Title
Fruits of the Guianan Flora
Publication
 
Author
van Roosmalen. M.G.M.
Publisher
Institute of Systematic Boyany, Utrecht University; Netherlands.
Year
1985
ISBN
90-9000988-4
Description
Terse descriptions of over 1,700 species from the Guianas that bear fruits - not necessarily edible! Often mentions if the fruit is edible, plus gives brief description of habit and habitat.
]. The fruit, when ripe, turns purplish-brown to black, and has a sweet juicy consistency. It is quite delectable[
592
Title
Contributions to The Flora of Venezuela.
Publication
 
Author
Steyermark J.A. Et al
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Chicago Natural History Museum; Chicago.
Year
1951 - 1957
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent flora, though made at a time when botanical knowledge of the areas was still very lacking.
]. The ellipsoid fruit is 12 - 25mm long and 15 - 20mm wide[
422
Title
Fruits of the Guianan Flora
Publication
 
Author
van Roosmalen. M.G.M.
Publisher
Institute of Systematic Boyany, Utrecht University; Netherlands.
Year
1985
ISBN
90-9000988-4
Description
Terse descriptions of over 1,700 species from the Guianas that bear fruits - not necessarily edible! Often mentions if the fruit is edible, plus gives brief description of habit and habitat.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The tree yields a gum known as 'Balata Rosada'[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
]. Balata is a gum made from tree sap and resembling rubber. It is used for gaskets, chewing gum, and as a gutta-percha substitute.

The heartwood is yellow to greyish-brown, sometimes with a reddish or greenish tinge; it is not clearly demarcated from the 125 - 175mm wide band of sapwood. The texture is fine; grain straight; lustre medium; with indistinct growth rings. The wood is hard, heavy, strong, tough; it is reported to be resistant to teredo, but susceptible to attack by dry-wood termites. The rate of air-seasoning is rapid, and the amount of degrade is minor. The wood contains silica; its machining characteristics are as follows: planing, turning, and mortising are good; shaping and boring are excellent; sanding and resistance to screw splitting are fair. Sawing and machining are moderately difficult because of the silica in the wood, which dulls the saw teeth and cutting edges. However, the wood takes a high polish. It is used in construction and is also suitable for marine piling, furniture, cabinetwork, interior trim, flooring, paddles, farm implements, tool handles, veneer, plywood, and general carpentiy[
341
Title
South American Timbers: the Properties, Uses and Characteristics of 190 Species.
Publication
 
Author
Bolza. E. & Christensen. F.J.
Publisher
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization
Year
1979
ISBN
0 643 02582 0
Description
A very useful guide.
].

Propagation

Seed -
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