Laurus floribunda Sw.
Nectandra floribunda (Sw.) Nees
Ocotea floribunda (Sw.) Benth. & Hook. F.
Ocotea wachenheimii Benoist
Strychnodaphne floribunda (Sw.) Griseb.
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[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its wood, which is used locally and also exported.
S. America - Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, the Guyanas; Caribbean - Leeward Isles, Puerto Rico; C.America - Panama to Nicaragua
An upper canopy tree of wet evergreen forest formations, at elevations from near sea level to 1,500 metres[
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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[
A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required.
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.)[
]. 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[
]. 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[
]. The wood is well suited for uses now occupied by the imported pines and Douglas-fir, principally where durability is not, of primary importance[
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