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Useful Tropical Plants

Ocotea moschata

(Meisn.) Mez.

Lauraceae

+ Synonyms

Mespilodaphne moschata Meisn.

Common Name:

Ocotea moschata

General Information

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[
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 tree yields an attractive timber and is commonly harvested from the wild.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Caribbean - Puerto Rico.

Habitat

Forests of the lower mountain region[
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

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

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The fruits are used for medicinal purposes[
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.
].

Other Uses

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[
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.
].

Propagation

Seed -

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