Olmedia caurensis Pittier
Olmedia ferruginea Poepp. & Endl.
Olmedia laevis Ruiz & Pav.
Olmediopsis lanceolata H.Karst.
Olmediopsis obliqua H.Karst.
Pseudolmedia alnifolia Rusby
Pseudolmedia ferruginea (Poepp. & Endl.) Trécul
Pseudolmedia hirsuta Baill.
Pseudolmedia hirtellifolia Rusby
Pseudolmedia multinervis Mildbr.
Pseudolmedia obliqua (H.Karst.) Renner
Pseudolmedia sagotii Benoist
Pseudolmedia laevis is a tree with a dense, globose crown; it can grow up to 40 metres tall. The straight, cylindrical bole can be free of branches for up to 20 metres, up to 75cm in diameter, has large surface roots and is buttressed[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of wood and latex.
S. America - Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, the Guyanas.
Dense, flood-free forests at elevations around 165 metres[
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A shade-loving species that grows in partial shade on terra firma in clayey soils[
A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required[
Fruit - raw[
]. The red fruit is
The plant is used medicinally[
]. No more details are given.
A yellowish latex exudes freely from the bark and heartwood. It turns orangish over time, and flows in teardrops after cutting[
A white latex exudes abundantly from incisions on the trunk; upon exposure to the air this condenses into an elastic resin, reddish chestnut in colour[
The heartwood is pinkish or dark brown; the sapwood yellowish brown with an extensive grayish tinge. The grain is straight, or slightly wavy; growth rings are present, but poorly defined; they are visible owing to a slight variation in depth of colour. The wood is said to be 'as hard as a rock'[
]. It is of medium weight and strong, though is sometimes perishable and susceptible to stain. It is not difficult to work and holds its place well. The wood is esteemed for making canoes, and also the rollers used for crushing sugar cane; it is also used in construction[
The wood is used for fuel[
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