Brosimum parinarioides is a tree; it can grow up to 40 metres tall. The bole can be 70 - 90cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild mainly for its wood, which is used locally and also exported.
S. America - northern Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, the Guyanas.
A canopy tree in rainforests, especially on slopes; favouring laterite and bauxite soils[
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The latex obtained from the plant is mixed with dairy milk and then drunk as a remedy for internal ulcers[
A latex is obtained from the plant. It is used medicinally and has been used as an adulterant of balata (obtained principally from Manilkara bidentata)[
]. Balata is a gum or latex made from tree sap and resembling rubber. It is used for making gaskets, chewing gum and as a gutta-percha substitute[
The heartwood is a uniform yellowish white to yellowish brown or light brown with golden shades; it is not distinctly demarcated from the sapwood. The texture is medium; the grain straight to widely and shallowly interlocked; the lustre high; when seasoned there is no odour or taste. The wood is of moderate weight; soft to moderately hard; not very durable, being susceptible to fungi, dry wood borers and termites. It seasons normally, with only a slight risk of checking or distortion; once seasoned it is poorly stable in service. The wood works well with ordinary tools, however they need to be kept sharp otherwise the interlocked grain and the tension wood which is sometimes prevalent can cause fuzzy grain and burning of saws due to pinching; it takes stains and finishes readily; takes nails and screws well; presents no gluing problems. It is used for purposes such as light carpentry, light construction, flooring, furniture components, plywood, particleboard, fibreboard, pulp and paper products, and mouldings[
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