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Useful Tropical Plants

Mora gonggrijpii

(Kleinhoonte) Sandwith

Fabaceae

+ Synonyms

Dimorphandra gonggrijpii Kleinhoonte

Common Name:

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General Information

Mora gonggrijpii is a large tree able to reach a height of 30 - 36 metres with some specimens recorded up to 45 metres tall[
378
Title
Present and Potential Commercial Timbers of the Caribbean
Publication
USDA Agricultural Handbook No. 207
Author
Longwood.F.R.
Publisher
USDA Forest Service; Washington, DC.
Year
1962
ISBN
 
Description
Quite detailed information on more than 60 species of Caribbean timber trees, giving species descriptions, habitat, detailed info on the wood and some info on other uses. Available for download on the internet.
]. The cylindrical boles can be 50cm in diameter and unbranched for up to 20 - 24 metres, with buttresses around 3 metres high[
378
Title
Present and Potential Commercial Timbers of the Caribbean
Publication
USDA Agricultural Handbook No. 207
Author
Longwood.F.R.
Publisher
USDA Forest Service; Washington, DC.
Year
1962
ISBN
 
Description
Quite detailed information on more than 60 species of Caribbean timber trees, giving species descriptions, habitat, detailed info on the wood and some info on other uses. Available for download on the internet.
].
The wood is commonly harvested from the wild for both local use and also export[
378
Title
Present and Potential Commercial Timbers of the Caribbean
Publication
USDA Agricultural Handbook No. 207
Author
Longwood.F.R.
Publisher
USDA Forest Service; Washington, DC.
Year
1962
ISBN
 
Description
Quite detailed information on more than 60 species of Caribbean timber trees, giving species descriptions, habitat, detailed info on the wood and some info on other uses. Available for download on the internet.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Northern S. America - Venezuela, Surinam, Guyana.

Habitat

Rainforests, where it is most common on hillsides on heavy clay soils[
378
Title
Present and Potential Commercial Timbers of the Caribbean
Publication
USDA Agricultural Handbook No. 207
Author
Longwood.F.R.
Publisher
USDA Forest Service; Washington, DC.
Year
1962
ISBN
 
Description
Quite detailed information on more than 60 species of Caribbean timber trees, giving species descriptions, habitat, detailed info on the wood and some info on other uses. Available for download on the internet.
].

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitTree
Height30.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details


Prefers heavy clay soils in the wild[
316
Title
Tropical Timbers of the World. Ag. Handbook No. 607.
Publication
 
Author
Chudnoff. Martin.
Publisher
USDA Forest Service. Wisconsin.
Year
1984
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details on the properties of the wood of almost 400 species of trees from the Tropics.
].
Although many species within the family Fabaceae have a symbiotic relationship with soil bacteria, this species is said to be devoid of such a relationship and therefore does not fix atmospheric nitrogen[
755
Title
Nodulation Plants in GRIN Taxonomy
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.ars-grin.gov/~sbmljw/cgi-bin/taxnodul.pl?language=en
Publisher
United States Department of Agriculture
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An online database listing plants that have either positive or negative reports on root and stem nodulation with nitrogen-fixing bacteria.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The heartwood is dark brown, reddish brown, or dark red, streaked with white or brown lines; it is clearly demarcated from the 5 - 15cm wide band of yellowish to pale brown sapwood. Two timber varieties are recognized: black and white - black mora has more heartwood and is heavier and more durable than the white mora.[
378
Title
Present and Potential Commercial Timbers of the Caribbean
Publication
USDA Agricultural Handbook No. 207
Author
Longwood.F.R.
Publisher
USDA Forest Service; Washington, DC.
Year
1962
ISBN
 
Description
Quite detailed information on more than 60 species of Caribbean timber trees, giving species descriptions, habitat, detailed info on the wood and some info on other uses. Available for download on the internet.
]. The texture varies from medium to coarse, usually the latter; the grain is straight to commonly interlocked, very variable and often has attractive bird’s-eye, wavy, or sometimes ribbon grain figures; the lustre is high; there is a distinctly astringent taste and a slightly sour odour. The wood is very strong, very heavy, hard to very hard, tough and very durable, being resistant to fungi, dry wood borers and termites. The wood seasons slowly, with a high risk of checking and distortion; once dry it is moderately to poorly stable in service. The wood has a high blunting effect, stellite-tipped and tungsten carbide tools are recommended; it is hard to saw due to the hardness of the wood and the interlocked grain; it turns easily, seldom splintering, and requires little sanding; it finishes smoothly and is easily polished; nailing and screwing are good, but pre-boring is required; gluing is correct for interior use only and requires care because of the dense wood. Because of its fire resistance, the wood is rated by Lloyds as an A-1 material for stem posts, ribs, knees, and framing in ship building. Because of its instability and lack of cabinet wood beauty, the wood is not well fitted for furniture, interior flooring, turnery, and similar uses, though it is well qualified for ridge timber, house framing, bridge decking and planking, marine construction, and piling in teredo-free areas. The timber is also successfully used for mining timbers, mill beds, heavy-duty industrial flooring, and heavy construction of all types[
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.
,
378
Title
Present and Potential Commercial Timbers of the Caribbean
Publication
USDA Agricultural Handbook No. 207
Author
Longwood.F.R.
Publisher
USDA Forest Service; Washington, DC.
Year
1962
ISBN
 
Description
Quite detailed information on more than 60 species of Caribbean timber trees, giving species descriptions, habitat, detailed info on the wood and some info on other uses. Available for download on the internet.
,
848
Title
Tropix 7
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://tropix.cirad.fr/en
Publisher
CIRAD
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An on-line guide to the timbers of 245 species of trees.
].
The wood can be used to make an excellent charcoal[
848
Title
Tropix 7
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://tropix.cirad.fr/en
Publisher
CIRAD
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An on-line guide to the timbers of 245 species of trees.
].

Propagation

Seed -
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