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Useful Tropical Plants

Sapium stylare

Müll.Arg.

Euphorbiaceae

+ Synonyms

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.

Common Name:

Sapium stylare

General Information

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

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Northern S. America - Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, north through Central America to Costa Rica.

Habitat

Primary and secondary forests.

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitTree
Height15.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

A plant mainly of elevations above 1,500 metres in the tropics, though it does sometimes descend to almost sea level.

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

A latex is obtained from the plant[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
]. It can be used to make rubber[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
].

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[
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.
].

Propagation

Seed -
Cite as: Tropical Plants Database, Ken Fern. tropical.theferns.info. 2019-09-15. <tropical.theferns.info/viewtropical.php?id=Sapium+stylare>

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