Harpalyce cubensis is a shrub or small tree growing 2 - 3 metres.
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use of its wood.
Harpalyce cubensis is endemic to Cuba, where its habitat is known to be subject to conversion to agricultural land. The subsistence slash and burn agriculture, has lead to the loss of much of the primary vegetation cover, though this species is known to persist within the secondary regrowth vegetation. It is not specifically known to occur within a protected area and seeds have yet to be collected and stored to conserve this taxon ex situ. The plant is classified as 'Near Threatened' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2013)[
Caribbean - western Cuba
Dry scrubby areas and hot, rocky hillsides[
]. Savannah, almost always on serpentine soils, and scattered in secondary vegetation; at elevations up to 500 metres[
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The heartwood has yellowish-brown and pinkish streaks. It is hard, durable and takes a high polish. An attractive wood, but only available in small dimensions, it is used for small turnery articles[
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