The species is closely related to Caryocar costaricense, to such a degree that they may be forms of the same taxon[
Rhizobolus amygdaliferus (Mutis ex Cav.) Oken
Caryocar amygdaliferum is a very large, evergreen tree capable of growing up to 55 metres tall[
]. The bole has buttresses that can be up to 3 metres tall[
The tree produces a large edible seed that is often gathered from the wild by local people[
]. 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)[
The fruit is used as a fish poison[
Central America - Panama, Colombia.
Lowland evergreen rainforest[
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A tree of moist, lowland tropical areas.
The seed is eaten raw[
An edible oil is obtained from the seed[
]. It has a pleasant flavour[
The wood is harvested for commercial use[
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[
Seed - takes 6 - 12 months to germinate[
]. Grow young plants on in a sheltered position with some shelter from the sun[
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