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Useful Tropical Plants

Myrospermum frutescens

Jacq.

Fabaceae

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General Information

Myrospermum frutescens is a shrub or small tree, sometimes no more than 2 - 5 metres tall (in Guatemala), but growing up to 25 metres tall in northern S. America[
331
Title
Flora of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/
].
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use of its wood. It is grown in soil conservation projects and has been trialled as a forestry tree in northern Mexico. It is sometimes grown as an ornamental[
1535
Title
Establishment, growth and biomass production of 10 tree woody species introduced for reforestation and ecological re
Publication
Forest Ecology and Management xxx (2006) xxx–xxx
Author
Foroughbakhch R. et al
Website
http://10.1016/j.foreco.2006.08.012
Publisher
 
Year
2006
ISBN
 
Description
 
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

331
Title
Flora of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/

Range

S. America - Colombia, Venezuela; C. America - Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala to southern Mexico; Caribbean - Trinidad, Virgin Islands, Hispaniola

Habitat

Dry, rocky hillsides; at elevations from 400 - 600 metres[
331
Title
Flora of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/
].

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitTree
Height10.00 m
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details

Myrospermum frutescens is a native of lowland areas in the American tropics, often found in semi-arid conditions. A very adaptable plant, it can tolerate mean daily temperatures up to 35°c and a mean annual rainfall from 500 - 1,500mm[
1535
Title
Establishment, growth and biomass production of 10 tree woody species introduced for reforestation and ecological re
Publication
Forest Ecology and Management xxx (2006) xxx–xxx
Author
Foroughbakhch R. et al
Website
http://10.1016/j.foreco.2006.08.012
Publisher
 
Year
2006
ISBN
 
Description
 
].
Requires a sunny position, succeeding in a range of soils[
1535
Title
Establishment, growth and biomass production of 10 tree woody species introduced for reforestation and ecological re
Publication
Forest Ecology and Management xxx (2006) xxx–xxx
Author
Foroughbakhch R. et al
Website
http://10.1016/j.foreco.2006.08.012
Publisher
 
Year
2006
ISBN
 
Description
 
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Agroforestry Uses:

The plant is sometimes grown to provide shade and to help conserve the soil[
1535
Title
Establishment, growth and biomass production of 10 tree woody species introduced for reforestation and ecological re
Publication
Forest Ecology and Management xxx (2006) xxx–xxx
Author
Foroughbakhch R. et al
Website
http://10.1016/j.foreco.2006.08.012
Publisher
 
Year
2006
ISBN
 
Description
 
].

Other Uses

The heartwood is brown with a greenish or purplish tinge; the sapwood is white or yellowish. The wood is very hard, sometimes extremely so, heavy, compact, tough, strong and durable. It finishes smoothly and has a lustrous natural polish[
331
Title
Flora of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/
,
1309
Title
The Leguminosae; A Source Book of Characteristics, Uses and Nodulation
Publication
 
Author
Allen O.N.; Allen E.K.
Publisher
University of Wisconsin
Year
1981
ISBN
0-333-32221-5
Description
An amazing and comprehensive work, giving a brief guide to the many genera of the family Fabaceae and also the principle uses of the genus.
]. It is difficult to cut[
1309
Title
The Leguminosae; A Source Book of Characteristics, Uses and Nodulation
Publication
 
Author
Allen O.N.; Allen E.K.
Publisher
University of Wisconsin
Year
1981
ISBN
0-333-32221-5
Description
An amazing and comprehensive work, giving a brief guide to the many genera of the family Fabaceae and also the principle uses of the genus.
].

Propagation

Seed -
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