Ponaea guianensis (Aubl.) J.F.Gmel.
Ponaea saponarioides Willd.
Toulicia guianensis is an evergreen tree with a small, sparse, irregular crown; it can grow 7 - 11 metres tall. The straight, cylindrical bole can be 30 - 50cm in diameter[
The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of wood.
S. America - northern Brazil, Venezuela, the Guyanas.
Amazon rainforest, often in areas subject to seasonal inundation, growing mainly near rivers and streams in moist, fertile soils[
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Succeeds in full sun to moderate shade[
]. Prefers a moist, fertile soil[
]. Tolerant of seasonal inundation of the soil[
Young plants have a fast rate of growth[
The root and bark are astringent. A decoction is taken as a remedy for diarrhoea[
A decoction of the bark is taken as a treatment for malaria[
The latex from the bark is applied to the skin as a treatment for chicken pox or measles[
The white wood is medium-textured, straight-grained, heavy, soft and easy to work with, with moderate mechanical properties and not very durable when exposed to the elements[
]. It is only used locally for mainly internal applications such as scantlings, wall boards, laths, beams, interiors of doors and panels, tool handles etc[
The wood is used for fuel and to make charcoal[
]. It makes a good fuel because it is easy to ignite[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a partially shaded position in a nursery seedbed. A low germination rate can usually be expected, with the seed sprouting within 28 - 35 days[
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