Aydendron suaveolens Nees
Laurus odorifera Vell.
Mespilodaphne pretiosa Nees
Ocotea pretiosa (Nees) Mez
Ocotea odorifera is an evergreen tree with a very dense, globose, low, wide crown; it can grow 15 - 25 metres tall. The short, straight, cylindrical bole can be 50 - 70cm in diameter[
The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use of its wood. A good shade-providing tree, it could be used in landscaping and street planting[
S. America - southern and eastern Brazil.
Atlantic rainforest and more open vegetation at higher elevations, favouring well-drained, shallow soils, especially towards the tops of hills[
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Grows best in a sunny position. Grows best in a well-drained soil and is tolerant of poor, shallow soils[
]. Established plants are drought tolerant[
The wood is moderately heavy, of low durability especially when in contact with the soil[
]. This report describes the wood as being soft and also as being moderately hard[
]. The wood is strongly scented of safrol essential oil[
]. It can be used for making furniture, boxes, packing, panels and in construction for purposes such as laths, shingles, rafters, baseboard, frames etc[
Seed - it has a short viability and so is best sown as soon as it is ripe in a partially shaded position in a nursery seedbed or in individual containers. A low germination rate can be expected, with the seed sprouting within 30 - 50 days[
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