Ocotea bakeri S.F.Blake
Ocotea escuintlensis Lundell
Ocotea paradoxa Mez
Sassafridium veraguense Meisn.
Ocotea veraguensis is a large, evergreen shrub, or more commonly a tree with a narrow, elongate, thin crown; it can grow 5 - 12 metres or more tall. The straight, cylindrical bole usually branches from low down; it is around 15cm in diameter[
The tree is the source of a good quality wood, but it is usually only available in smaller dimensions and so is not often utilized[
S. America - Peru, Ecuador, Colombia; C. America - Panama to Mexico.
Dense primary forests, both along their edges and in the dark interiors[
]. Moist or dry forest or thickets, most common along stream banks, often on dry rocky hillsides; usually at elevations up to 700 metres, sometimes to 1,400 metres[
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The bark is aromatic and reminiscent of cinnamon[
]. Can it be used similarly?[
The heartwood is a very dark brown; it is clearly demarcated from the pale yellowish sapwood. The wood is cross and very close-grained, hard, moderately heavy, strong, tough and durable. It is easy to work and takes a very good polish. It can be used to make furniture, veneer etc[
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