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Useful Tropical Plants

Ocotea puberula

(Rich.) Nees

Lauraceae

+ Synonyms

Laurus puberula Rich.

Ocotea macropoda (Kunth) Mez

Ocotea martiniana (Nees) Mez

Ocotea pyramidata S.F. Blake

Ocotea subglabra Benoist

Oreodaphne hostmanniana Miq.

Oreodaphne martiniana Nees

Persea macropoda Kunth

Strychnodaphne puberula (Rich.) Nees & C. Mart.

Common Name:

Ocotea puberula
Close-up of the leaf
Photograph by: Environmental Sciences Program, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
© Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
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General Information

Ocotea puberula is a semideciduous tree with an elongated or pyramidal crown; usually growing from 7 - 25 metres tall, but with some specimens attaining 27 metres. The cylindrical bole is normally short, and can be 40 - 60cm in diameter[
369
Title
Flora of Costa Rica
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C.
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
Field Museum of Natural History; Chicago
Year
1938
ISBN
 
Description
Rather dated, but an excellent treatment of the area. Available for download from the internet.
,
419
Title
Brazilian Trees. Volume 1. 4th Edition.
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil.
Year
2002
ISBN
85-86714-17-8
Description
Information on 350 species of Brazilian trees. Stunning photographs of each species, brief details on the plant, its uses and how to grow it from seed. A superb work, with the minor irritation that the translation from Portuguese is not of the best.
].
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a timber and source of medicines. It has potential for use as a pioneer plant.
The plant is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2011)[
338
Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

369
Title
Flora of Costa Rica
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C.
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
Field Museum of Natural History; Chicago
Year
1938
ISBN
 
Description
Rather dated, but an excellent treatment of the area. Available for download from the internet.

Range

S. America - Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, the Guyanas; C. America - Panama, Costa Rica.

Habitat

Lowland evergreen and partly deciduous forest formations[
369
Title
Flora of Costa Rica
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C.
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
Field Museum of Natural History; Chicago
Year
1938
ISBN
 
Description
Rather dated, but an excellent treatment of the area. Available for download from the internet.
]. Found in a wide range of forest types, in Brazil it is especially prevalent in Araucaria forests. Found mainly as a pioneer in open areas and in forest clearings, rarely in primary forest[
419
Title
Brazilian Trees. Volume 1. 4th Edition.
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil.
Year
2002
ISBN
85-86714-17-8
Description
Information on 350 species of Brazilian trees. Stunning photographs of each species, brief details on the plant, its uses and how to grow it from seed. A superb work, with the minor irritation that the translation from Portuguese is not of the best.
]

Properties

Conservation StatusLeast Concern
Medicinal Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitSemi-deciduous Tree
Height15.00 m
Growth RateFast
Self-fertileNo
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details


Prefers a sunny position[
419
Title
Brazilian Trees. Volume 1. 4th Edition.
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil.
Year
2002
ISBN
85-86714-17-8
Description
Information on 350 species of Brazilian trees. Stunning photographs of each species, brief details on the plant, its uses and how to grow it from seed. A superb work, with the minor irritation that the translation from Portuguese is not of the best.
]. Succeeds in virtually all soil types[
419
Title
Brazilian Trees. Volume 1. 4th Edition.
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil.
Year
2002
ISBN
85-86714-17-8
Description
Information on 350 species of Brazilian trees. Stunning photographs of each species, brief details on the plant, its uses and how to grow it from seed. A superb work, with the minor irritation that the translation from Portuguese is not of the best.
].
Newly planted young trees grow away rapidly[
419
Title
Brazilian Trees. Volume 1. 4th Edition.
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil.
Year
2002
ISBN
85-86714-17-8
Description
Information on 350 species of Brazilian trees. Stunning photographs of each species, brief details on the plant, its uses and how to grow it from seed. A superb work, with the minor irritation that the translation from Portuguese is not of the best.
].
A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required.

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The interior of the stem (the older the better) combined with the bark is used in the treatment of boils and skin inflammations[
503
Title
Flora Parana
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.chaua.org.br/pagina/floraparana-catalogo-plantas-nativas-do-parana
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Not quite a flora, but an on-line listing of many of the plants of Parana in southern Brazil. Good photographs, plus descriptions and details of plant uses.
].

The sap of the bark is used in making plasters that are used to draw thorns etc out of the body[
503
Title
Flora Parana
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.chaua.org.br/pagina/floraparana-catalogo-plantas-nativas-do-parana
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Not quite a flora, but an on-line listing of many of the plants of Parana in southern Brazil. Good photographs, plus descriptions and details of plant uses.
].

A tea made from the plant (part not specified) is used in the treatment of diarrhoea and dysentery[
503
Title
Flora Parana
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.chaua.org.br/pagina/floraparana-catalogo-plantas-nativas-do-parana
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Not quite a flora, but an on-line listing of many of the plants of Parana in southern Brazil. Good photographs, plus descriptions and details of plant uses.
].

Agroforestry Uses:

A fast-growing species producing a huge quantity of fruit for the native fauna. It naturally invades open areas and is one of the most common pioneer species in parts of its range[
419
Title
Brazilian Trees. Volume 1. 4th Edition.
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil.
Year
2002
ISBN
85-86714-17-8
Description
Information on 350 species of Brazilian trees. Stunning photographs of each species, brief details on the plant, its uses and how to grow it from seed. A superb work, with the minor irritation that the translation from Portuguese is not of the best.
]. It could be used as a pioneer when re-establishing woodland[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].

Other Uses

The wood is straight to irregular-grained, light, soft, with poor mechanical properties and moderately resistant to rot and wood-eating organisms[
419
Title
Brazilian Trees. Volume 1. 4th Edition.
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil.
Year
2002
ISBN
85-86714-17-8
Description
Information on 350 species of Brazilian trees. Stunning photographs of each species, brief details on the plant, its uses and how to grow it from seed. A superb work, with the minor irritation that the translation from Portuguese is not of the best.
]. It is difficult to cut, hard to plane or to sandpaper[
419
Title
Brazilian Trees. Volume 1. 4th Edition.
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil.
Year
2002
ISBN
85-86714-17-8
Description
Information on 350 species of Brazilian trees. Stunning photographs of each species, brief details on the plant, its uses and how to grow it from seed. A superb work, with the minor irritation that the translation from Portuguese is not of the best.
]. It is used in light building construction, internal construction, truck bodies, boxes, joinery, simple furniture etc[
419
Title
Brazilian Trees. Volume 1. 4th Edition.
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil.
Year
2002
ISBN
85-86714-17-8
Description
Information on 350 species of Brazilian trees. Stunning photographs of each species, brief details on the plant, its uses and how to grow it from seed. A superb work, with the minor irritation that the translation from Portuguese is not of the best.
,
503
Title
Flora Parana
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.chaua.org.br/pagina/floraparana-catalogo-plantas-nativas-do-parana
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Not quite a flora, but an on-line listing of many of the plants of Parana in southern Brazil. Good photographs, plus descriptions and details of plant uses.
]. The wood is suitable for the production of cellulose and paper[
503
Title
Flora Parana
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.chaua.org.br/pagina/floraparana-catalogo-plantas-nativas-do-parana
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Not quite a flora, but an on-line listing of many of the plants of Parana in southern Brazil. Good photographs, plus descriptions and details of plant uses.
].

Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe. The whole fruit can be sown, it is not necessary to remove the pulp[
419
Title
Brazilian Trees. Volume 1. 4th Edition.
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil.
Year
2002
ISBN
85-86714-17-8
Description
Information on 350 species of Brazilian trees. Stunning photographs of each species, brief details on the plant, its uses and how to grow it from seed. A superb work, with the minor irritation that the translation from Portuguese is not of the best.
]. Sow in a semi-shaded seedbed. Germination can be quite variable and erratic, with some seed sprouting within 20 days and others taking 150 days. Around 75% germination rates can be expected[
503
Title
Flora Parana
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.chaua.org.br/pagina/floraparana-catalogo-plantas-nativas-do-parana
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Not quite a flora, but an on-line listing of many of the plants of Parana in southern Brazil. Good photographs, plus descriptions and details of plant uses.
]. Prick out the seedlings into individual containers once they are 4 - 6cm tall, they should be ready to plant out in permanent positions 5 - 7 months later[
419
Title
Brazilian Trees. Volume 1. 4th Edition.
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil.
Year
2002
ISBN
85-86714-17-8
Description
Information on 350 species of Brazilian trees. Stunning photographs of each species, brief details on the plant, its uses and how to grow it from seed. A superb work, with the minor irritation that the translation from Portuguese is not of the best.
].

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