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Useful Tropical Plants

Eschweilera coriacea

(DC.) S.A.Mori

Lecythidaceae

+ Synonyms

Chytroma cincturata Miers

Chytroma grandifolia (Mart. ex DC.) Miers

Eschweilera acuminatissima (O.Berg) Miers

Eschweilera eymaana R.Knuth

Eschweilera fractiflexa R.Knuth

Eschweilera grandifolia Mart. ex DC.

Eschweilera matamata Huber

Eschweilera odora (Poepp. ex O.Berg) Miers

Eschweilera pallida Miers

Eschweilera retroflexa (Benoist) R.Knuth

Eschweilera vageleri R.Knuth

Jugastrum coriaceum (DC.) Miers

Lecythis acuminatissima O.Berg

Lecythis coriacea DC.

Lecythis grandifolia (Mart. ex DC.) O.Berg

Lecythis odora Poepp. ex O.Berg

Lecythis peruviana L.O.Williams

Lecythis retroflexa Benoist

Neohuberia matamata Ledoux

Common Name:

Eschweilera coriacea
Close-up of the flower
Photograph by: Antonio Sergio
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General Information

Eschweilera coriacea is an evergreen tree with a wide, very dense, globose crown; it can grow 15 - 35 metres tall. The straight, cylindrical bole can be 50 - 90cm in diameter, often with buttresses[
420
Title
Brazilian Trees. Volume 2. 4th Edition.
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil.
Year
2002
ISBN
85-86714-15-1
Description
Information on 350 species of Brazilian trees. Stunning photographs of each species, brief details on the plant, its uses and how to grow it from seed. A superb work, with the minor irritation that the translation from Portuguese is not of the best.
].
The tree yields a good quality timber and so is commonly harvested from the wild.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

959
Title
The Transactions of the Linnean Society of London Vol. 30
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
Linnean Society; London
Year
1875
ISBN
 
Description
A botanical journal, it contains the first comprehensive (for its time) treatment of the genus Eschweilera. It can be downloaded from the Internet.

Range

S. America - Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, the Guyanas; C. America - Panama, Honduras.

Habitat

A canopy tree in the Amazon rainforest, in dryland areas as well as those subject to seasonal inundation, favouring fertile, clayey soils[
420
Title
Brazilian Trees. Volume 2. 4th Edition.
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil.
Year
2002
ISBN
85-86714-15-1
Description
Information on 350 species of Brazilian trees. Stunning photographs of each species, brief details on the plant, its uses and how to grow it from seed. A superb work, with the minor irritation that the translation from Portuguese is not of the best.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height25.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details


Young plants can tolerate quite dense shade, but become more tolerant of direct sunlight as they grow older[
420
Title
Brazilian Trees. Volume 2. 4th Edition.
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil.
Year
2002
ISBN
85-86714-15-1
Description
Information on 350 species of Brazilian trees. Stunning photographs of each species, brief details on the plant, its uses and how to grow it from seed. A superb work, with the minor irritation that the translation from Portuguese is not of the best.
]. Prefers a fertile, clayey soil[
420
Title
Brazilian Trees. Volume 2. 4th Edition.
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil.
Year
2002
ISBN
85-86714-15-1
Description
Information on 350 species of Brazilian trees. Stunning photographs of each species, brief details on the plant, its uses and how to grow it from seed. A superb work, with the minor irritation that the translation from Portuguese is not of the best.
]. Tolerant of seasonal inundation[
420
Title
Brazilian Trees. Volume 2. 4th Edition.
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil.
Year
2002
ISBN
85-86714-15-1
Description
Information on 350 species of Brazilian trees. Stunning photographs of each species, brief details on the plant, its uses and how to grow it from seed. A superb work, with the minor irritation that the translation from Portuguese is not of the best.
].

Edible Uses

Seed[
704
Title
Illustrated Booklet of 25 Forest Species of Putumayo, Colombia.
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
USAID/Colombia.
Year
 
ISBN
 
Description
A PDF Document released on the Internet, giving good descriptions and brief notes on the uses of 25 tree species from Colombia.
]. Rich in oil[
704
Title
Illustrated Booklet of 25 Forest Species of Putumayo, Colombia.
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
USAID/Colombia.
Year
 
ISBN
 
Description
A PDF Document released on the Internet, giving good descriptions and brief notes on the uses of 25 tree species from Colombia.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The wood is of a dull nut-brown colour. The texture is medium; the grain is straight. The wood is very heavy, very hard, with good mechanical properties and very durable, with a great resistance to the attacks of the teredo. It is capable of a smooth surface from the tool, but is, however, inclined to warp and twist in a more than ordinary degree, and also to split longitudinally with the growth, in numbers of straight, small lines. It could only be used, therefore, in small sections, and for a limited number of purposes. It can be used in general construction for purposes such as scantlings, beams and laths; cabinet making in general; flooring blocks; tool handles; and external purposes such as bridge supports, stakes, railway ties and poles[
420
Title
Brazilian Trees. Volume 2. 4th Edition.
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil.
Year
2002
ISBN
85-86714-15-1
Description
Information on 350 species of Brazilian trees. Stunning photographs of each species, brief details on the plant, its uses and how to grow it from seed. A superb work, with the minor irritation that the translation from Portuguese is not of the best.
,
719
Title
A Manual of the Timbers of the World
Publication
 
Author
Howard A.L.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
MacMillan and Co.; London.
Year
1934
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent and comprehensive book on timbers. Rather dated, but still a main source of information for many of the less known woods. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
,
959
Title
The Transactions of the Linnean Society of London Vol. 30
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
Linnean Society; London
Year
1875
ISBN
 
Description
A botanical journal, it contains the first comprehensive (for its time) treatment of the genus Eschweilera. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a partially shaded position in individual containers. A moderate germination rate can be expected, with the seed sprouting within 30 - 50 days[
420
Title
Brazilian Trees. Volume 2. 4th Edition.
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil.
Year
2002
ISBN
85-86714-15-1
Description
Information on 350 species of Brazilian trees. Stunning photographs of each species, brief details on the plant, its uses and how to grow it from seed. A superb work, with the minor irritation that the translation from Portuguese is not of the best.
]. The seedlings should be ready to plant out 8 - 10 months later[
420
Title
Brazilian Trees. Volume 2. 4th Edition.
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil.
Year
2002
ISBN
85-86714-15-1
Description
Information on 350 species of Brazilian trees. Stunning photographs of each species, brief details on the plant, its uses and how to grow it from seed. A superb work, with the minor irritation that the translation from Portuguese is not of the best.
].
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