Engelhardia pterocarpa (Oerst.) Standl.
Oreomunnea pterocarpa is a tree growing 35 metres or more tall. The bole can be unbranched for up to 15 metres, 70cm in diameter, with plank buttresses extending 2.5 metres from the base[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its wood, which is traded locally.
The tree is sparse in occurrence, usually found as isolated individuals. Little is known of its regenerative capacity, although it does not appear to be strong. The plant is classified as 'Endangered' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2011)[
C. America - Costa Rica, ?Panama, ?Mexico.
Usually found as isolated individuals on steep hillsides in moist and wet, evergreen forests[
]. Lowland, moist, non-seasonal, closed forest at elevations from 500 - 1,500 metres[
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The tree is believed to be shade tolerant[
The wood is light in weight and not very durable[
]. Of fair quality, it has been used in house construction and interior finishes, and in cabinet-making[
]. However, it has been reported that live trees seem to suffer from internal decay near the base, usually spoiling the lumber[
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