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Useful Tropical Plants

Ocotea porphyria

(Griseb.) van der Werff

Lauraceae


This name is not universally accepted. The plant is probably better known as Cinnamomum porphyrium (Griseb.) Kosterm., but has recently (2014) been transferred to the genus Ocotea[
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Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
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+ Synonyms

Cinnamomum porphyrium (Griseb.) Kosterm.

Nectandra porphyria Griseb.

Phoebe porphyria (Griseb.) Mez

Common Name:

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General Information

Ocotea porphyria is a tree with a wide, many-branched crown; it can grow up to 25 metres tall. The straight, cylindrical bole can be 130cm in diameter[
363
Title
Technical Information on 134 Species of Bolivian Woods
Publication
 
Author
USDA Forest Service -- Forest Products Lab
Website
http://www2.fpl.fs.fed.us/publications/
Publisher
USDA Forest Service
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A PDF file, available for download. Exactly what the title says, brief and to the point.
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549
Title
Flore Forestiere Du Globe
Publication
 
Author
Chnacerel L.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Gauthier-Villars et Co.; Paris.
Year
1920
ISBN
 
Description
Written in French, a very detailed work on the timbers of the world. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].
The tree is harvested from the wild for its wood.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

S. America - Argentina, Bolivia.

Habitat

Humid forests[
363
Title
Technical Information on 134 Species of Bolivian Woods
Publication
 
Author
USDA Forest Service -- Forest Products Lab
Website
http://www2.fpl.fs.fed.us/publications/
Publisher
USDA Forest Service
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A PDF file, available for download. Exactly what the title says, brief and to the point.
].

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitTree
Height20.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

A tree mainly of the warm temperate and subtropical zones, though it enters the tropics in Bolivia, usually at elevations above 1,200 metres, with one report of a tree at 600 metres.

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The heartwood is light brown; the thick band of sapwood is a yellowish-white. The grain is straight to irregular; the wood has a somewhat peculiar aroma. The wood is hard, heavy, somewhat durable, especially if kept dry. It is used in construction, furniture making, doors and window frames[
363
Title
Technical Information on 134 Species of Bolivian Woods
Publication
 
Author
USDA Forest Service -- Forest Products Lab
Website
http://www2.fpl.fs.fed.us/publications/
Publisher
USDA Forest Service
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A PDF file, available for download. Exactly what the title says, brief and to the point.
,
549
Title
Flore Forestiere Du Globe
Publication
 
Author
Chnacerel L.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Gauthier-Villars et Co.; Paris.
Year
1920
ISBN
 
Description
Written in French, a very detailed work on the timbers of the world. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Propagation

Seed -

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