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Useful Tropical Plants

Ocotea floribunda

(Sw.) Mez

Lauraceae

+ Synonyms

Laurus floribunda Sw.

Nectandra floribunda (Sw.) Nees

Ocotea floribunda (Sw.) Benth. & Hook. F.

Ocotea wachenheimii Benoist

Strychnodaphne floribunda (Sw.) Griseb.

Common Name:

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General Information

Ocotea floribunda is an evergreen tree with a moderately heavy, rounded crown growing 15 - 30 metres tall. The straight, cylindrical bole is usually basally swollen, though it sometimes has low buttresses. It can be 30 - 80cm in diameter and unbranched for up to 20 metres[
369
Title
Flora of Costa Rica
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C.
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
Field Museum of Natural History; Chicago
Year
1938
ISBN
 
Description
Rather dated, but an excellent treatment of the area. Available for download from the internet.
,
378
Title
Present and Potential Commercial Timbers of the Caribbean
Publication
USDA Agricultural Handbook No. 207
Author
Longwood.F.R.
Publisher
USDA Forest Service; Washington, DC.
Year
1962
ISBN
 
Description
Quite detailed information on more than 60 species of Caribbean timber trees, giving species descriptions, habitat, detailed info on the wood and some info on other uses. Available for download on the internet.
].
The tree is harvested from the wild for its wood, which is used locally and also exported.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

369
Title
Flora of Costa Rica
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C.
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
Field Museum of Natural History; Chicago
Year
1938
ISBN
 
Description
Rather dated, but an excellent treatment of the area. Available for download from the internet.

Range

S. America - Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, the Guyanas; Caribbean - Leeward Isles, Puerto Rico; C.America - Panama to Nicaragua

Habitat

An upper canopy tree of wet evergreen forest formations, at elevations from near sea level to 1,500 metres[
369
Title
Flora of Costa Rica
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C.
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
Field Museum of Natural History; Chicago
Year
1938
ISBN
 
Description
Rather dated, but an excellent treatment of the area. Available for download from the internet.
,
378
Title
Present and Potential Commercial Timbers of the Caribbean
Publication
USDA Agricultural Handbook No. 207
Author
Longwood.F.R.
Publisher
USDA Forest Service; Washington, DC.
Year
1962
ISBN
 
Description
Quite detailed information on more than 60 species of Caribbean timber trees, giving species descriptions, habitat, detailed info on the wood and some info on other uses. Available for download on the internet.
].

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height20.00 m
Self-fertileNo
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

A tree of low to medium elevations in the moist tropics, found in areas with no dry season as well as areas with a distinct dry season[
378
Title
Present and Potential Commercial Timbers of the Caribbean
Publication
USDA Agricultural Handbook No. 207
Author
Longwood.F.R.
Publisher
USDA Forest Service; Washington, DC.
Year
1962
ISBN
 
Description
Quite detailed information on more than 60 species of Caribbean timber trees, giving species descriptions, habitat, detailed info on the wood and some info on other uses. Available for download on the internet.
].

A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required.

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The heartwood is pale yellow brown to creamy yellow or pinkish yellow when seasoned; it is not easily differentiated from the greyish sapwood. The texture is medium; the grain straight to interwoven or roey and often ribbon-grained at an oblique angle; lustre is satiny; when seasoned, it is without any distinctive taste but is fragrant like Central American cedar (Cedrella spp.)[
378
Title
Present and Potential Commercial Timbers of the Caribbean
Publication
USDA Agricultural Handbook No. 207
Author
Longwood.F.R.
Publisher
USDA Forest Service; Washington, DC.
Year
1962
ISBN
 
Description
Quite detailed information on more than 60 species of Caribbean timber trees, giving species descriptions, habitat, detailed info on the wood and some info on other uses. Available for download on the internet.
]. The wood is soft but firm, relatively durable in the soil. It works easily with both hand and power tools and finishes smoothly in all operations; it also glues and takes paint well[
378
Title
Present and Potential Commercial Timbers of the Caribbean
Publication
USDA Agricultural Handbook No. 207
Author
Longwood.F.R.
Publisher
USDA Forest Service; Washington, DC.
Year
1962
ISBN
 
Description
Quite detailed information on more than 60 species of Caribbean timber trees, giving species descriptions, habitat, detailed info on the wood and some info on other uses. Available for download on the internet.
]. The wood is used extensively in its native range for interior work, ceilings, partitions, panelling, and other applications in building construction and in general carpentry. It is also used in low cost furniture and cabinetwork, turnery, inlay work, fruit boxes, ladders, coffins, walking sticks, and for planking in small boatbuilding[
378
Title
Present and Potential Commercial Timbers of the Caribbean
Publication
USDA Agricultural Handbook No. 207
Author
Longwood.F.R.
Publisher
USDA Forest Service; Washington, DC.
Year
1962
ISBN
 
Description
Quite detailed information on more than 60 species of Caribbean timber trees, giving species descriptions, habitat, detailed info on the wood and some info on other uses. Available for download on the internet.
]. The wood is well suited for uses now occupied by the imported pines and Douglas-fir, principally where durability is not, of primary importance[
378
Title
Present and Potential Commercial Timbers of the Caribbean
Publication
USDA Agricultural Handbook No. 207
Author
Longwood.F.R.
Publisher
USDA Forest Service; Washington, DC.
Year
1962
ISBN
 
Description
Quite detailed information on more than 60 species of Caribbean timber trees, giving species descriptions, habitat, detailed info on the wood and some info on other uses. Available for download on the internet.
].

Propagation

Seed -

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