Guatteria oblanceolata R.E.Fr.
Guatteria obovata R.E.Fr.
Guatteria phanerocampta Diels
Guatteria riparia R.E.Fr.
Guatteria inundata is an evergreen multi-stemmed shrub, sometimes becoming a small tree with a spreading crown. It can grow from 1 - 10 metres tall, exceptionally to 20 metres.The straight, cylindrical bole can be free of branches for around 2 metres, and up ro 10cm in diameter[
The plant is sometimes harvested for its wood, which is used locally.
S. America - Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela.
Mostly in periodically inundated forest (igapó, várzea or tahuampa), on clayey to sandy soil; at elevations up to 200 metres[
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Plants can flower throughout the year[
The slender stems are stripped of their bark, thouroughly dried and then used as friction sticks for starting a fire by rotating them rapidly in a block of Guatteria olivacea (now included in G. punctata) wood[
]. This report may possibly have been a mis-identification and more properly refer to a plant in the family Apocynaceae[
The thin layrer of heartwood is pale to very dark brown or almost black; the sapwood is a lustrous pale brown, streaked. The grain is moderately straight or wavy-grained; texture is medium; there is a faint spicy odour. The wood is light in weight, but firm; it does not appear to be durable. It is easy to cut; takes a smooth finish[
]. The wood is used for fishing reels[
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