Mespilodaphne moschata Meisn.
Ocotea moschata is an evergreen tree with a compact, narrow crown; it can grow up to 24 metres tall. The bole can be up to 75cm in diameter, with buttresses up to 90cm tall and 60cm wide[
The tree yields an attractive timber and is commonly harvested from the wild.
Caribbean - Puerto Rico.
Forests of the lower mountain region[
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The fruits are used for medicinal purposes[
The heartwood is extremely variable, from medium brown to dark brown with irregular darker brown to black streaks or patches; the sapwood is yellowish to light brown. The wood is medium to fine textured; hard; heavy. It takes a high polish but is very susceptible to attack by dry-wood termites. Rate of air-seasoning is rapid, and amount of degrade is minor. Macliining characteristics are as follows: planing is fair; shaping, turning, boring, and resistance to screw splitting are good; and mortising and sanding are excellent. An attractive timber it has been much used for cabinetwork. It is recommended for turning, furniture, cabinetmaking, and novelty items and should be suitable for light
and heavy construction, bridge timbers, heavy crating, and packing boxes[
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