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Useful Tropical Plants

Ocotea obtusata

(Nees) Kosterm.

Lauraceae

+ Synonyms

Oreodaphne obtusata Nees

Common Name:

Ocotea obtusata
Leaves and fruits
Photograph by: B.navez
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General Information

Ocotea obtusata is an evergreen tree growing up to 15 metres tall in the lower elevations of its range, but more likely to be a shrub from 3 - 10 metres tall at higher elevations.
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a source of wood and oil.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Africa - Réunion and Mauritius

Habitat

Forests, at elevations from 300 - 2,000 metres.

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height10.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

Oil extracted from the fruits is used for lighting[
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The wood, known as ‘bois de cannelle’, is used for making furniture[
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Propagation

Seed -

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