Hedyosmum artocarpus Solms
Hedyosmum glaucum (Ruiz & Pav.) Solms
Tafalla artocarpus (Solms) Kuntze
Tafalla glauca Ruiz & Pav.
Tafalla mexicana (C.Cordem.) Kuntze
Hedyosmum mexicanum is a very variable plant, often blooming when only a shrub of 2 metres in height, but more
commonly becoming a tree of 8 - 12 metres or more, with a thick bole and dense crown[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its edible fruit and leaves, which are used locally.
A scarce species of cloud forest or mesophyllous montane forest, it is classified as 'Vulnerable' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2011)[
Northern S. America - Colombia; C. America - Panama to Mexico.
Wet mixed mountain forest or often in pine forest, at elevations from 1,200 - 2,900 metres[
A plant of higher elevations in the moist tropics, where it is found at elevations from 1,100 - 2,900 metres.
A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required[
Fruit - raw[
]. The mature fruit is succulent with a sweet flavour[
]. The whitish fruiting head is 2 - 3cm long and 1.5 - 2cm thick, or in the fresh state larger, very fleshy and juicy[
Two or three leaves, placed in a cup of boiling water, is used as a substitute for tea[
]. A substitute for coffee[
No use is made of the wood[
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