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Useful Tropical Plants

Quararibea turbinata

(Sw.) Poir.

Malvaceae

+ Synonyms

Myrodia turbinata Sw.

Common Name:

Quararibea turbinata

General Information

Quararibea turbinata is an evergreen tree ; it can grow up to 6 metres tall. The straight, cylindrical bole can be 15cm in diameter[
447
Title
Common Trees of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands
Publication
 
Author
Little E.L.; Wadsworth F.H.
Publisher
USDA, Forest Service; Washington.
Year
1964
ISBN
 
Description
Contains detailed information, and usually an illustration, on 250 tree species, including both native and exotic species.
].
The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of a low-quality wood.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

S. America - Brazil, the Guyanas; Caribbean - Windward Islands to Dominican Republic.

Habitat

An understorey tree in the deep shade of moist forests along the coast and in limestone areas[
447
Title
Common Trees of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands
Publication
 
Author
Little E.L.; Wadsworth F.H.
Publisher
USDA, Forest Service; Washington.
Year
1964
ISBN
 
Description
Contains detailed information, and usually an illustration, on 250 tree species, including both native and exotic species.
].

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height4.50 m
PollinatorsBees, Insects
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The wood-ashes are mixed with the leaves of tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum) and then macerated in a small amount of water and eau-de-Cologne - they are then used to reinforce the narcotic effect of tobacco[
348
Title
Medicinal Plants of the Guianas
Publication
 
Author
DeFilipps, R. A.; Maina, S. L.; & Crepin, J.
Website
http://botany.si.edu/bdg/medicinal/index.html
Publisher
Smithsonian Museum
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A down-loadable PDF document of a book in pre-publication awaiting illustration. An excellent, if rather terse, guide to the traditional medicinal uses of the plants of the region
].

Other Uses

The whitish sapwood is hard. The wood is used for goad sticks. Because of the peculiar branching, small stems could serve as hatracks[
447
Title
Common Trees of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands
Publication
 
Author
Little E.L.; Wadsworth F.H.
Publisher
USDA, Forest Service; Washington.
Year
1964
ISBN
 
Description
Contains detailed information, and usually an illustration, on 250 tree species, including both native and exotic species.
].

Propagation

Seed -

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