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Useful Tropical Plants

Persea caerulea

(Ruiz & Pav.) Mez

Lauraceae

+ Synonyms

Laurus caerulea Ruiz & Pav.

Persea laevigata Kunth

Persea lignitepala Lasser

Persea petiolaris Kunth

Persea skutchii C.K.Allen

Common Name:

Persea caerulea
Leaf and flowers
Photograph by: O. M. Montiel
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General Information

Persea caerulea is an evergreen tree with a smallish crown; it can grow from 4 - 25 metres tall[
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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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.
].
The tree is harvested from the wild for its wood.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

S. America - Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela; C. America - Panama to Honduras.

Habitat

Evergreen and partly deciduous forests and pastures; at elevations from 300 - 2,000 metres in Costa Rica[
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.
].

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height18.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The heartwood is blackish; the sapwood is yellowish. The texture is medium; the grain straight to interlocked; lustre is bright; there is no distinctive taste or aroma. The wood is not very durable; it is easy to work and finishes well. It is used for purposes such as construction, flooring, decorative veneer[
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.
].

Propagation

Seed -
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