Platanus chiapensis Standl.
Platanus lindeniana M.Martens & Galeotti
Platanus oaxacana Standl.
Platanus mexicana is a large, deciduous tree with a broad, dense crown[
]. Usually growing 15 - 20 metres tall, there are specimens in Guatemala that have attained a height of 45 metres[
]. The bole is usually about 1.5 metres in diameter, but can be up to 2 metres[
The wood is used locally, whilst the tree is often planted to provide shade[
The short, fine, stiff hairs shed from young leaves and the fruits have been implicated in bronchial problems - these are worst in dry climates where they are blown around readily[
Central America - northern Guatemala to Mexico.
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Plants are very tolerant of compacted soils and air pollution[
The wood is used for general carpentry, dishes and spoons[
Seed - two months stratification at 2°c improves germination[
]. Sow in a seed bed or individual pots in light shade[
]. Home grown seed is often of poor quality and low viability. It is best to sow the seed as soon as it is harvested, though it can be stored cold and dry[
]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots.
Cuttings of mature wood of the current years growth, 20 - 30 cm with a heel, autumn in a cold frame[
Layering of stools in spring or autumn. Takes 12 months[
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