This name is not universally accepted. The plant is probably better known as Cinnamomum porphyrium (Griseb.) Kosterm., but has recently (2014) been transferred to the genus Ocotea[
Cinnamomum porphyrium (Griseb.) Kosterm.
Nectandra porphyria Griseb.
Phoebe porphyria (Griseb.) Mez
Ocotea porphyria is a tree with a wide, many-branched crown; it can grow up to 25 metres tall. The straight, cylindrical bole can be 130cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its wood.
S. America - Argentina, Bolivia.
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A tree mainly of the warm temperate and subtropical zones, though it enters the tropics in Bolivia, usually at elevations above 1,200 metres, with one report of a tree at 600 metres.
The heartwood is light brown; the thick band of sapwood is a yellowish-white. The grain is straight to irregular; the wood has a somewhat peculiar aroma. The wood is hard, heavy, somewhat durable, especially if kept dry. It is used in construction, furniture making, doors and window frames[
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