Mosquitoxylum jamaicense is a tree; it can grow 15 - 30 metres tall, though sometimes it is only a shrub around 3 - 6 metres tall. The straight bole can be up to 100cm in diameter[
]. The tree bears an inmense number of seeds, and when these are ripe, its crowns form red spots that are easily noticed from a considerable distance[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a source of wood for construction.
S. America - Ecuador; C. America - Panama to Mexico; Caribbean - Jamaica.
Moist or wet forests, at elevations up to 400 metres[
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The bark is full of an odorous, resin-like latex[
]. No uses are mentioned.
The heartwood is pale reddish brown tinged with yellow; the thin layer of sapwood grayish to pink. The wood is rather fine-textured; cross-grained; hard; heavy; strong; brittle; moderately durable. It is not very easy to work; takes a high polish. It is valued for construction purposes[
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