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Useful Tropical Plants

Guatteria punctata

(Aubl.) R.A.Howard

Annonaceae


This is a complex and very variable species, often treated as many distinct species. A recent revision - Maas P.J.M et al; Confronting a morphological nightmare: Revision of the Neotropical genus Guatteria (Annonaceae); Blumea Vol. 60 1 - 219; 2015 - has found that most of these species have a range of variation that grades into other species in the complex and that they cannot be maintained as distinct species. Accordingly, they are treated here as synonyms of one ggregate species[
1028
Title
Confronting a morphological nightmare: Revision of the Neotropical genus Guatteria (Annonaceae)
Publication
Blumea Vol. 60 1 - 219
Author
Maas P.J.M et al
Website
http://dx.doi.org/10.3767/000651915X690341
Publisher
 
Year
2015
ISBN
 
Description
A comprehensive review of the genus Guatteria, recognizing 177 species. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
,
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
]

+ Synonyms

Annona axilliflora DC.

Annona chrysopetala Steud.

Annona punctata Aubl.

Guatteria acutissima R.E.Fr.

Guatteria asplundiana R.E.Fr.

Guatteria atra Sandwith

Guatteria buchtienii R.E.Fr.

Guatteria calimensis R.E.Fr.

Guatteria calliantha R.E.Fr.

Guatteria caniflora Mart.

Guatteria cargadero Triana & Planch.

Guatteria chrysopetala (Steud.) Miq.

Guatteria coeloneura Diels

Guatteria collina R.E.Fr.

Guatteria elliptica R.E.Fr.

Guatteria gamosepala R.E.Fr.

Guatteria glauca Ruiz & Pav.

Guatteria gracilipes R.E.Fr.

Guatteria guentheri Diels

Guatteria juninensis R.E.Fr.

Guatteria lanceolata R.E.Fr.

Guatteria lasiocalyx R.E.Fr.

Guatteria latipetala R.E.Fr.

Guatteria leiocarpa R.E.Fr.

Guatteria longestipitata R.E.Fr.

Guatteria macrocalyx R.E.Fr.

Guatteria obliqua R.E.Fr.

Guatteria occidentalis R.E.Fr.

Guatteria olivacea R.E.Fr.

Guatteria ovalifolia R.E.Fr.

Guatteria parviflora R.E.Fr.

Guatteria platyphylla Triana & Planch.

Guatteria pleiocarpa Diels

Guatteria poeppigiana Mart.

Guatteria pteropus Benth.

Guatteria rhamnoides R.E.Fr.

Guatteria sagotiana R.E.Fr.

Guatteria sylvicola S.Moore

Guatteria umbonata R.E.Fr.

Guatteria wessels-boerii Jans.-Jac.

Common Name:

Guatteria punctata
Fruiting branch (as Guatteria glauca)
Photograph by: Eric Rodríguez
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General Information

Guatteria punctata is a very variable evergreen shrub or tree that can grow from 1 - 45 metres tall. The bole can range from 5 - 75cm in diameter[
422
Title
Fruits of the Guianan Flora
Publication
 
Author
van Roosmalen. M.G.M.
Publisher
Institute of Systematic Boyany, Utrecht University; Netherlands.
Year
1985
ISBN
90-9000988-4
Description
Terse descriptions of over 1,700 species from the Guianas that bear fruits - not necessarily edible! Often mentions if the fruit is edible, plus gives brief description of habit and habitat.
,
1028
Title
Confronting a morphological nightmare: Revision of the Neotropical genus Guatteria (Annonaceae)
Publication
Blumea Vol. 60 1 - 219
Author
Maas P.J.M et al
Website
http://dx.doi.org/10.3767/000651915X690341
Publisher
 
Year
2015
ISBN
 
Description
A comprehensive review of the genus Guatteria, recognizing 177 species. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].
The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of materials.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

1028
Title
Confronting a morphological nightmare: Revision of the Neotropical genus Guatteria (Annonaceae)
Publication
Blumea Vol. 60 1 - 219
Author
Maas P.J.M et al
Website
http://dx.doi.org/10.3767/000651915X690341
Publisher
 
Year
2015
ISBN
 
Description
A comprehensive review of the genus Guatteria, recognizing 177 species. It can be downloaded from the Internet.

Range

S. America - northern Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, the Guyanas.

Habitat

Rain forest[
422
Title
Fruits of the Guianan Flora
Publication
 
Author
van Roosmalen. M.G.M.
Publisher
Institute of Systematic Boyany, Utrecht University; Netherlands.
Year
1985
ISBN
90-9000988-4
Description
Terse descriptions of over 1,700 species from the Guianas that bear fruits - not necessarily edible! Often mentions if the fruit is edible, plus gives brief description of habit and habitat.
]. In non-inundated lowland, premontane or montane forest, often on clayey soil; at elevations up to 2,800 metres[
1028
Title
Confronting a morphological nightmare: Revision of the Neotropical genus Guatteria (Annonaceae)
Publication
Blumea Vol. 60 1 - 219
Author
Maas P.J.M et al
Website
http://dx.doi.org/10.3767/000651915X690341
Publisher
 
Year
2015
ISBN
 
Description
A comprehensive review of the genus Guatteria, recognizing 177 species. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
Medicinal Rating *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height22.00 m
PollinatorsBeetles
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



Plants can flower and produce fruit all year round[
1028
Title
Confronting a morphological nightmare: Revision of the Neotropical genus Guatteria (Annonaceae)
Publication
Blumea Vol. 60 1 - 219
Author
Maas P.J.M et al
Website
http://dx.doi.org/10.3767/000651915X690341
Publisher
 
Year
2015
ISBN
 
Description
A comprehensive review of the genus Guatteria, recognizing 177 species. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Edible Uses

Fruit - raw[
422
Title
Fruits of the Guianan Flora
Publication
 
Author
van Roosmalen. M.G.M.
Publisher
Institute of Systematic Boyany, Utrecht University; Netherlands.
Year
1985
ISBN
90-9000988-4
Description
Terse descriptions of over 1,700 species from the Guianas that bear fruits - not necessarily edible! Often mentions if the fruit is edible, plus gives brief description of habit and habitat.
]. The thin layer of flesh is eaten[
422
Title
Fruits of the Guianan Flora
Publication
 
Author
van Roosmalen. M.G.M.
Publisher
Institute of Systematic Boyany, Utrecht University; Netherlands.
Year
1985
ISBN
90-9000988-4
Description
Terse descriptions of over 1,700 species from the Guianas that bear fruits - not necessarily edible! Often mentions if the fruit is edible, plus gives brief description of habit and habitat.
,
702
Title
Ethnobotany of the Chacobo Indians, Beni, Bolivia.
Publication
 
Author
Boom B.M.
Publisher
The New York Botanical Garden; New York.
Year
1996
ISBN
0-89327-413-5
Description
A small book of 74pp., it gives a brief description of the tribe and their lifestyle plus information on more than 350 species of plants that are used for food, medicines and various commodities.
]. The fruits are produced in bunches of 5 - 100, becoming black to purple-black when fully ripe. Each fruit is ellipsoid to subglobose, 7 - 20mm long and 4 - 15 mm wide, containing a single, large seed[
1028
Title
Confronting a morphological nightmare: Revision of the Neotropical genus Guatteria (Annonaceae)
Publication
Blumea Vol. 60 1 - 219
Author
Maas P.J.M et al
Website
http://dx.doi.org/10.3767/000651915X690341
Publisher
 
Year
2015
ISBN
 
Description
A comprehensive review of the genus Guatteria, recognizing 177 species. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Medicinal

The leaves are used in herbal baths[
1028
Title
Confronting a morphological nightmare: Revision of the Neotropical genus Guatteria (Annonaceae)
Publication
Blumea Vol. 60 1 - 219
Author
Maas P.J.M et al
Website
http://dx.doi.org/10.3767/000651915X690341
Publisher
 
Year
2015
ISBN
 
Description
A comprehensive review of the genus Guatteria, recognizing 177 species. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
]. No further information is given[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].

Other Uses

A fibre is obtained from the bark. It is used for a range of purposes[
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 fibrous bark can be used to make rope[
786
Title
Ethnobotany of the Waimiri Atroari Indians of Brazil.
Publication
 
Author
Milliken W.; Miller R.P.; Pollard S.R.; Wandelli E.V.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
Year
1992
ISBN
0-947643-50-8
Description
An excellent and well-researched small book giving information on the lifestyle of the Waimiri Atroari and listing the plants used.
].

The stems are split to make stakes and used as the palisade walls of traditional houses[
786
Title
Ethnobotany of the Waimiri Atroari Indians of Brazil.
Publication
 
Author
Milliken W.; Miller R.P.; Pollard S.R.; Wandelli E.V.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
Year
1992
ISBN
0-947643-50-8
Description
An excellent and well-researched small book giving information on the lifestyle of the Waimiri Atroari and listing the plants used.
].

The wood isused to make boards[
1028
Title
Confronting a morphological nightmare: Revision of the Neotropical genus Guatteria (Annonaceae)
Publication
Blumea Vol. 60 1 - 219
Author
Maas P.J.M et al
Website
http://dx.doi.org/10.3767/000651915X690341
Publisher
 
Year
2015
ISBN
 
Description
A comprehensive review of the genus Guatteria, recognizing 177 species. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Propagation

Seed -
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