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Useful Tropical Plants

Cleyera theoides

(Sw.) Choisy

Pentaphylacaceae

+ Synonyms

Cleyera costaricensis Kobuski

Cleyera matudae Kobuski

Cleyera panamensis (Standl.) Kobuski

Cleyera revoluta Kobuski

Cleyera skutchii Kobuski

Cleyera tacanensis Kobuski

Eroteum theoides Sw.

Eurya panamensis Standl.

Eurya theoides Blume

Common Name:

Cleyera theoides
Ripening fruits
Photograph by: O. M. Montiel
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General Information

Cleyera theoides is a rather large shrub that in good conditions can become a tree up to 20 metres tall[
331
Title
Flora of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/
].
Its leaves are sometimes gathered from the wild and used locally as a tea.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

331
Title
Flora of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/

Range

Central America - Panama to Mexico; Caribbean - Jamaica.

Habitat

Often in open cloud forests or in drier pine-oak forests, at elevations of 1,300 - 3,000 metres[
331
Title
Flora of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
HabitTree
Height15.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

The leaves are used as a substitute for tea[
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

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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