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Useful Tropical Plants

Ocotea macrocarpa

Kosterm

Lauraceae

+ Synonyms

Common Name:

Ocotea macrocarpa
Drawing of the leaves and fruit (Fig 1 - 3 only)
Photograph by: Flore de Madagascar et des Comores, Laurace?es, vol. 81: Lauracées, p. 43 (1950) [M.J. Vesque]
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General Information

Ocotea macrocarpa is an evergreen tree growing 20 - 25 metres tall.
The tree is harvested from the wild for its high quality timber, which is used locally and also traded.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

455
Title
Flore de Madagascar et des Comores
Publication
 
Author
Humbert H.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
Museum National D'Histoire Naturelle; Paris
Year
1946 - 1984
ISBN
 
Description
Written in French, an excellent flora of the area though it has not been completed. Available for download from the Internet.

Range

Africa - eastern Madagascar.

Habitat

A canopy tree in forests.

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height18.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The wood of this species, and of several other Ocotea species from Madagascar, is known as 'Varongy. It is in high demand for furniture, cabinet making, boat construction and mortars, but is also valued for construction, joinery, vehicle bodies, interior trim and pattern making. It is suitable for mine props, ship building, toys, novelties, boxes, crates, carvings, turnery, veneer and plywood. It is less suitable for flooring because it is too soft[
299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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Propagation

Seed -

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