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Useful Tropical Plants

Vochysia tomentosa

(G.Mey.) DC.


This species is sometimes treated as a synonym of Vochysia ferruginea (Mart.) Standl.

+ Synonyms

Cucullaria excelsa Vahl.

Cucullaria tomentosa G.Mey.

Vochysia tomentosa Seem.

Common Name:

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General Information

Vochysia tomentosa is a tree that can grow up to 50 metres tall. The bole can vary from good to poor in form, it can be free of branches for up to 20 metres and up to 60cm in diameter, exceptionally to 90cm, with buttresses[
378
Title
Present and Potential Commercial Timbers of the Caribbean
Publication
USDA Agricultural Handbook No. 207
Author
Longwood.F.R.
Publisher
USDA Forest Service; Washington, DC.
Year
1962
ISBN
 
Description
Quite detailed information on more than 60 species of Caribbean timber trees, giving species descriptions, habitat, detailed info on the wood and some info on other uses. Available for download on the internet.
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422
Title
Fruits of the Guianan Flora
Publication
 
Author
van Roosmalen. M.G.M.
Publisher
Institute of Systematic Boyany, Utrecht University; Netherlands.
Year
1985
ISBN
90-9000988-4
Description
Terse descriptions of over 1,700 species from the Guianas that bear fruits - not necessarily edible! Often mentions if the fruit is edible, plus gives brief description of habit and habitat.
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The tree is harvested from the wild forits wood, which is traded[
378
Title
Present and Potential Commercial Timbers of the Caribbean
Publication
USDA Agricultural Handbook No. 207
Author
Longwood.F.R.
Publisher
USDA Forest Service; Washington, DC.
Year
1962
ISBN
 
Description
Quite detailed information on more than 60 species of Caribbean timber trees, giving species descriptions, habitat, detailed info on the wood and some info on other uses. Available for download on the internet.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

S. America - northern Brazil, the Guyanas.

Habitat

Rain forests on well-drained soils; silt soils adjacent to waterways; sandy soils; making its best growth along the coastal plain. Also found on abandoned farmland on the poorer soils; rarely on very swampy sites, limestone or marl areas[
378
Title
Present and Potential Commercial Timbers of the Caribbean
Publication
USDA Agricultural Handbook No. 207
Author
Longwood.F.R.
Publisher
USDA Forest Service; Washington, DC.
Year
1962
ISBN
 
Description
Quite detailed information on more than 60 species of Caribbean timber trees, giving species descriptions, habitat, detailed info on the wood and some info on other uses. Available for download on the internet.
].

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitTree
Height35.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The freshly cut heartwood varies in colour from a light brown to a pinkish yellow, turning a dull uniform pink or
pinkish-brown when dry, sometimes with a distinct golden cast; it is distinct, but not always sharply demarcated from the 8 - 13cm wide band of gray or buff-coloured sapwood. Vertical traumatic gum ducts, filled with orange-brown gum, may occur sporadically and are sometmies large enough to be considered an objectionable defect. The texture is coarse to medium and of a rather fibrous nature; the grain is generally straight, but interlocked grain may occur in layers 2 - 5cm thick; lustre is medium to high; there is no distinctive odour or taste.The heartwood has little resistance to decay in contact with the soil; however, pure culture tests indicate the wood is very durable to a white rot fungus, although somewhat variable in this respect, and moderately durable to a brown-rot fungus. The wood is rated moderately difficult to air-season and kiln-dry; it dries at a moderate to slow rate with slight surface checking, case hardening, and warp. Mechanical properties are moderate to good for a wood of its density; it works readily but possesses rather poor machining properties. The wood is recommended for boxes and crates, general carpentry, inexpensive furniture, interior trim, and plywood[
378
Title
Present and Potential Commercial Timbers of the Caribbean
Publication
USDA Agricultural Handbook No. 207
Author
Longwood.F.R.
Publisher
USDA Forest Service; Washington, DC.
Year
1962
ISBN
 
Description
Quite detailed information on more than 60 species of Caribbean timber trees, giving species descriptions, habitat, detailed info on the wood and some info on other uses. Available for download on the internet.
].

Propagation

Seed -
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