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Useful Tropical Plants

Trichospermum grewiifolium

(A.Rich.) Kosterm.

Malvaceae

+ Synonyms

Belotia campbellii Sprague

Belotia grewiifolia A.Rich.

Belotia reticulata Sprague

Belotia tabascana Sprague

Trichospermum reticulatum (Sprague) Kosterm.

Common Name:

Trichospermum grewiifolium
Flowering tree in native habitat
Photograph by: Reinaldo Aguilar
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General Information

Trichospermum grewiifolium is a tree with a broad or narrow crown; it can grow 9 - 18 metres or more tall. The bole can be up to 60cm in diameter[
331
Title
Flora of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/
].
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use of its wood and fibre. A very showy and handsome tree when in bloom because of the contrasting pink and brilliant violet of the flowers, which are produced in lavish abundance[
331
Title
Flora of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

331
Title
Flora of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/

Range

C. America - Panama to Mexico.

Habitat

Moist or wet forest or thickets, often in pastures, at or a little above sea level[
331
Title
Flora of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/
].

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitTree
Height15.00 m
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The tough bark can be pulled off in long strips and is often used as a substitute for cordage, especially in putting together house frames[
331
Title
Flora of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/
].

The wood is soft, creamy white with a pinkish brown tint, turning reddish brown on exposure to air. It is said to be used sometimes for house construction, but can scarcely be very serviceable for that or any other purpose requiring durability[
331
Title
Flora of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/
].

Propagation

Seed -
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