Laurus leucoxylon Sw.
Ocotea duotincta C.K.Allen
Ocotea lasseriana C.K.Allen
Ocotea lenticellata Lundell
Ocotea persulcata C.K.Allen
Ocotea subsericea Standl.
Oreodaphne leucoxylon (Sw.) Griseb.
Oreodaphne leucoxylon (Sw.) Nees
Persea leucoxylon (Sw.) Spreng.
Phoebe membranacea Macfad. ex Griseb.
Ocotea leucoxylon is an evergreen tree with a very dense, rounded crown; it can grow up to 15 metres tall. The bole can be 25cm in diameter[
The good quality wood is harvested from the wild, mainly for local use.
S. America - Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, the Guyanas; C. America - Nicaragua, Belize; Caribbean - Trinidad to Cuba.
Forests in moist areas along the coast and on limestone[
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The plant flowers and produces fruit irregularly through the year[
A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required[
The heartwood is a uniform light golden brown without figure; it is not clearly demarcated from the pale yellowish brown or cream coloured sapwood. Texture is medium; grain straight or more commonly interlocked; lustre medium; with no distinctive taste or aroma when seasoned. The wood is moderately soft, light in weight, moderately strong, and easily worked. It is not durable and is susceptible to attack by dry-wood termites. Rate of air-seasoning is moderate, and amount of degrade is considerable. Planing, shaping, turning, mortising, and resistance to screw splitting are good; boring and sanding are fair. The wood is used mainly for posts but also in carpentry and construction. It is suitable for inexpensive grades of furniture and cabinetwork and for interior trim, general carpentry, light construction, boxes and crates, plywood, sheathing, and concrete forms. It has also been made into shingles[
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