Nageia oleifolia (D.Don ex Lamb.) Kuntze
Podocarpus macrostachys Parl.
Podocarpus monteverdeensis Laub.
Common Name: Saucecillo
Photograph by: C T Johansson
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Saucecillo is an evergreen tree growing 20 metres or more tall. The bole is up to 1 metre in diameter[
The wood is highly valued, the tree being harvested from the wild[
This species is designated as being of 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2010)[
S. America - Bolivia; Peru; Colombia; Ecuador; Venezuela, through Central America to Mexico.
Wet forests at elevations of 1,400 - 2,700 metres in Costa Rica[
]. Cloud forests at elevations of 2,000 - 3,200 metres in Guatemala[
|Conservation Status||Least Concern
|Other Uses Rating||
Shade tolerant, at least when young[
Most species in this genus are tolerant of hard pruning, being able to regrow from old wood[
All parts of the plant emit an unpleasant aroma[
A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required.
The yellow wood has a fine, uniform structure and is easy to work[
]. It is used for cabinet work, carving and general carpentry[
We do not have any more information on the wood of this species, but a general description of the wood from S. American members of the genus is as follows:-
The heartwood is pale yellow to yellowish-brown; it is not distinct from the sapwood. The texture is fine and uniform, without conspicuous zones of latewood; the grain is usually straight but may be slightly interlocked; somewhat lustrous; odour and taste are absent or not distinctive in seasoned wood. The heartwood from trees grown in Belize is reported to be moderately durable in ground contact under tropical exposure; durability of other species from other areas is reported as low. The wood air seasons rapidly with little or no warping or checking. It works easily with hand and power tools; nails easily, and takes stain, varnish, and paint satisfactorily. It is used for purposes such as joinery, millwork, furniture components, boxes and crates, general construction, veneer and plywood, pulp and paper, patternmaking[
Seed - generally slow to germinate, taking one year or more[
]. Seeds that have passed through the gut of an animal germinate faster[
Cuttings should include an erect lead shoot if a good form is required[
]. If side shoots are used, the resulting plant will be prostrate[
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