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Useful Tropical Plants

Ocotea leucoxylon

(Sw.) Laness.

Lauraceae

+ Synonyms

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.

Common Name:

Ocotea leucoxylon
Drawing of the leaves, flowers and fruit
Photograph by: Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden, vol. 35: p. 34, t. 22 (1948)
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General Information

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[
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 good quality wood is harvested from the wild, mainly for local use.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

S. America - Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, the Guyanas; C. America - Nicaragua, Belize; Caribbean - Trinidad to Cuba.

Habitat

Forests in moist areas along the coast and on limestone[
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.
].

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height12.00 m
Self-fertileNo
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



The plant flowers and produces fruit irregularly through 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.
].
A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required[
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

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

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[
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.
,
471
Title
Puerto Rican Woods. Agriculture Handbook No. 205
Publication
 
Author
Longwood F.R.
Publisher
USDA Forest Service; Washington
Year
1961
ISBN
 
Description
Descriptions of 60 timbers from Puerto Rica.
].

Propagation

Seed -

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