Common Name: Santa María
Santa María is an evergreen tree growing 25 - 30 metres tall. The straight, cylindrical bole is free of buttresses and can be 70cm in diameter[
It is harvested from the wild for its resin and its good quality wood that is traded commercially[
Central America - Panama, Costa Rica.
A canopy tree of evergreen forests, found in moist habitats usually near the coast and occasionally forming almost pure stands in Costa Rica[
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A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required[
A thick yellow resin from below the bark of the tree is used medicinally[
The tree is the source of a resin called Maina[
The orange wood is of good quality, moderately heavy and easy to work[
]. It is used widely in furniture making and construction[
Seed - in the wild they only germinate after remaining dormant for several months in the moist soil. Frequently, accumulations of seeds that have built up over the summer months germinate simultaneously with the return of the rains[
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