Juglans guatemalensis W.E.Manning
Two year old cultivated trees
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Juglans olanchana is a large, deciduous tree that can reach a height of 55 metres[
]. The bole can be up to 2 metres in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its edible seeds, valuable timber and tannins. It is also sometimes cultivated in Central America for its seeds[
The tree is classified as 'Endangered' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(1998)[
Central America - Costa Rica to Mexico.
Mountain sides, river bottoms, along water courses, cafetales, at elevations from 500 - 1,500 metres in Guatemala[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
A tree mainly found at medium elevations in the tropics, most commonly between 400 - 1,600 metres, though there is one report of a specimen collected near sea level in Nicaragua. It grows in areas of good rainfall.
Seed - raw or cooked[
]. The shells are 34 - 45mm in diameter and 32 - 42mm long[
The husk of the fruit is used as a source of tannins[
The wood is used for making fancy furniture[
We do not have any more information for this species, but the general description for the wood of the tropical members of this genus is as follows:-
The heartwood is chocolate-brown and generally darker than the North American black walnut (Juglans nigra), sometimes with a purplish cast; it is sharply demarcated from the whitish sapwood. The texture is rather coarse; the grain is straight to irregular; luster is high; odour and taste are mild but distinctive. The wood dries very slowly, wet zones persist, and severe honeycombing and collapse may occur in stock thicker than 10cm x 10cm. The wood works well, cutting cleanly with hand and machine tools and taking an excellent finish. It also peels and slices readily but the veneers are also reported to dry slowly. It is used for decorative veneers, furniture, cabinet work, interior finish, and other applications similar to the North American black walnut[
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