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Useful Tropical Plants

Caryocar amygdaliferum

Mutis

Caryocaraceae


The species is closely related to Caryocar costaricense, to such a degree that they may be forms of the same taxon[
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IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
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http://www.iucnredlist.org/
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+ Synonyms

Rhizobolus amygdaliferus (Mutis ex Cav.) Oken

Common Name:

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General Information

Caryocar amygdaliferum is a very large, evergreen tree capable of growing up to 55 metres tall[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
]. The bole has buttresses that can be up to 3 metres tall[
708
Title
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden Vol. 63
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden
Year
1976
ISBN
 
Description
Among many articles on botany, is part of the Flora of Panama. It can be downloaded from the internet.
].
The tree produces a large edible seed that is often gathered from the wild by local people[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
]. The wood is harvested from the wild and used commercially.
The tree is rare in the wild and has been listed as endangered in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2009)[
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Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
].

Known Hazards

The fruit is used as a fish poison[
708
Title
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden Vol. 63
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden
Year
1976
ISBN
 
Description
Among many articles on botany, is part of the Flora of Panama. It can be downloaded from the internet.
].

Botanical References

200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
,
708
Title
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden Vol. 63
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden
Year
1976
ISBN
 
Description
Among many articles on botany, is part of the Flora of Panama. It can be downloaded from the internet.

Range

Central America - Panama, Colombia.

Habitat

Lowland evergreen rainforest[
708
Title
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden Vol. 63
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden
Year
1976
ISBN
 
Description
Among many articles on botany, is part of the Flora of Panama. It can be downloaded from the internet.
].

Properties

Conservation StatusEndangered
Edibility Rating *  *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height55.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

A tree of moist, lowland tropical areas.

Edible Uses

The seed is eaten raw[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
].

An edible oil is obtained from the seed[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
]. It has a pleasant flavour[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The wood is harvested for commercial use[
708
Title
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden Vol. 63
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden
Year
1976
ISBN
 
Description
Among many articles on botany, is part of the Flora of Panama. It can be downloaded from the internet.
].
The heartwood is yellowish to light grayish-brown; it is hardly separable from the sapwood. The texture is medium to rather coarse; the grain interlocked; fresh material has a mild vinegary scent, but there is no discernible odour or taste when dry. The heartwood is rated as very durable in resistance to both brown-rot and white-rot fungi; classified as resistant to dry-wood termites and moderately resistant to marine borers. It is said to be easy to moderately difficult to saw, producing a rapid dulling of cutting edges; radial faces are difficult to finish smoothly because of interlocked grain. The wood is used for general and marine construction, heavy flooring, railway crossties, boat parts, furniture components; it is especially suitable where hardness and high wear resistance are needed[
316
Title
Tropical Timbers of the World. Ag. Handbook No. 607.
Publication
 
Author
Chudnoff. Martin.
Publisher
USDA Forest Service. Wisconsin.
Year
1984
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details on the properties of the wood of almost 400 species of trees from the Tropics.
].

Propagation

Seed - takes 6 - 12 months to germinate[
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Title
Nuts.
Publication
 
Author
Howes. F. N.
Publisher
Faber
Year
1948
ISBN
-
Description
Rather old but still a masterpiece. Has sections on tropical and temperate plants with edible nuts plus a section on nut plants in Britain. Very readable.
]. Grow young plants on in a sheltered position with some shelter from the sun[
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Title
Nuts.
Publication
 
Author
Howes. F. N.
Publisher
Faber
Year
1948
ISBN
-
Description
Rather old but still a masterpiece. Has sections on tropical and temperate plants with edible nuts plus a section on nut plants in Britain. Very readable.
].
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