Peschiera arborea (Rose ex J.D.Sm.) Markgr.
Peschiera schippii (Standl.) Markgr.
Tabernaemontana schippii Standl.
Tree growing in the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Miami, FL USA
Photograph by: David Stang
Tabernaemontana arborea is a shrub or a tree with a spreading or rounded crown; it usually grows from 6 - 15 metres tall. The straight bole is usually 30 - 50cm in diameter, often with small buttresses[
The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild for local medicinal use.
S. America - Colombia; C. America - Panama to Mexico.
Moist or wet thickets or mixed forest, often in second growth, at elevations up to 600 metres[
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The leaves and sap are laxative and purgative. A decoction is taken in the treatment of fevers[
A fair amount of latex exudes when the trunk is cut[
The heartwood is yellowish to reddish-brown; the usually narrow band of sapwood nearly white. The texture is fine; the grain straight and very close. The wood is very hard and tough, heavy, strong. It takes a very good polish[
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