Poeppigia excelsa A.Rich.
Poeppigia procera is a shrub or a small tree with a flat crown; it can sometimes grow 12 metres or more tall in Guatemala, but reaches 27 metres in Peru. The straight, cylindrical bole can be unbranched for one third of the tree's height; up to 30 - 40cm in diameter with low buttresses[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use of its wood and tannins.
S. America - Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia; C. America - Honduras, El Salvador, north to southern Mexico; Caribbean - Cuba
Moist mixed forest; at elevations around 400 metres in Guatemala[
]. Fairly common in upland forest in Peru, at elevations around 450 metres[
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The flowers are much frequented by bees[
The thin bark is rich in tannins[
The heartwood is pinkish to reddish or pale chocolate brown and beautifully veined; it is clearly defined from the 5cm wide band of white sapwood. The texture is medium; the grain is straight; the seasoned wood has no pronounced odour or taste. The weight is medium to heavy, the wood is hard, strong and durable. It is not difficult to work, takes a smooth, fairly lustrous polish, and holds its place well when finished. It lacks commercial possibilities in much of its range because of its small size, but where larger specimens are found the wood is highly valued for beams and house construction, and is also used for purposes such as railroad ties, cart axles, house supports, semi-heavy construction etc[
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