Excoecaria stylaris (Müll.Arg.) Müll.Arg.
Sapium cuatrecasasii Croizat
Sapium myrmecophilum Croizat
Sapium putumayense Croizat
Sapium rigidifolium Huft
Sapium solisii Huft
Sapium thomsonii God.-Leb. ex Jum.
Sapium tolimense Jum.
Sapium verum Hemsl.
Sapium stylare is a tree growing 12 - 18 metres tall.
The tree is harvvested from the wild as a source of latex, which can be used to make rubber. It is possibly also harvested for its wood, which would be traded
Northern S. America - Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, north through Central America to Costa Rica.
Primary and secondary forests.
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A plant mainly of elevations above 1,500 metres in the tropics, though it does sometimes descend to almost sea level.
A latex is obtained from the plant[
]. It can be used to make rubber[
We have no more information on the wood for this species, but a general description of the wood from American members of the genus is as follows:-
The heartwood is whitish, yellowish, or light brown; it is not distinct from the cream-coloured sapwood. The texture is medium; the grain straight to slightly interlocked; lustre is low; there is no distinctive odour or taste. The wood has a low resistance to decay and insect attack, including dry-wood termites; lumber is particularly prone to blue stain. The wood is reported to air dry rapidly with only slight warping and checking. It works easily because of its low density; sometimes surfaces are fuzzy but it generally machines smoothly; one report indicates a difficulty in sanding. It is used for purposes such as plywood, fiberboard, particleboard, general carpentry, millwork, utility furniture, boxes and crates[
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