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Useful Tropical Plants

Otoba acuminata

(Standl.) A.H.Gentry

Myristicaceae

+ Synonyms

Dialyanthera acuminata Standl.

Common Name:

Otoba acuminata
Leaves and ripening fruits
Photograph by: R. Pérez; Center for Tropical Forest Science
© Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

General Information

Otoba acuminata is a tree that can grow 10 - 25 metres tall. The bole can be 10 - 50cm in diameter[
333
Title
Tree Species of Panama
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://ctfs.arnarb.harvard.edu/webatlas/mainframe.php?order=s
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Factsheets on all the tree and shrub species of Panama, giving identification guide, brief guide to the species and some uses. A vast, but rather incomplete work as of 15/07/09.
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The tree is harvested from the wild as a source of wood.
The habitat is greatly threatened. The plant is classified as 'Near Threatened' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2013)[
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.
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Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

S. America - Colombia; C. America - Panama, Costa Rica.

Habitat

Forests, in wet or very humid climates, at low to medium elevations[
333
Title
Tree Species of Panama
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://ctfs.arnarb.harvard.edu/webatlas/mainframe.php?order=s
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Factsheets on all the tree and shrub species of Panama, giving identification guide, brief guide to the species and some uses. A vast, but rather incomplete work as of 15/07/09.
].

Properties

Conservation StatusNear Threatened
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitTree
Height18.00 m
PollinatorsInsects
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The wood is used for internal construction and to make plywood[
333
Title
Tree Species of Panama
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://ctfs.arnarb.harvard.edu/webatlas/mainframe.php?order=s
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Factsheets on all the tree and shrub species of Panama, giving identification guide, brief guide to the species and some uses. A vast, but rather incomplete work as of 15/07/09.
].
We do not have any more information for this species, but a general description for the wood of this genus is as follows:-
The heartwood is a pale, pinkish-brown; it is not demarcated from the sapwood. The texture is variable; the grain generally straight; lustre is medium to high; there is no distinctive odour or taste. The wood is light in weight and soft. The heartwood is non-durable and is susceptible to insect attack. The wood is prone to blue stain and requires rapid extraction and conversion. It generally machines well if sharp knives are used and dressed with the grain; it is easy to nail and glue; takes stain, paint, and clear finishes well. It is used for low-value purposes such as core stock, moldings, paneling, particleboard, general carpentry, and furniture components[
316
Title
Tropical Timbers of the World. Ag. Handbook No. 607.
Publication
 
Author
Chudnoff. Martin.
Publisher
USDA Forest Service. Wisconsin.
Year
1984
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details on the properties of the wood of almost 400 species of trees from the Tropics.
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341
Title
South American Timbers: the Properties, Uses and Characteristics of 190 Species.
Publication
 
Author
Bolza. E. & Christensen. F.J.
Publisher
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization
Year
1979
ISBN
0 643 02582 0
Description
A very useful guide.
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Propagation

Seed -
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