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Useful Tropical Plants

Ruizterania albiflora

(Warm.) Marc.-Berti

Vochysiaceae

+ Synonyms

Qualea albiflora Warm.

Qualea glaberrima Ducke

Common Name:

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General Information

Ruizterania albiflora is a tree that can grow 50 metres or more tall. The long, clear bole has thick buttresses up to 2 metres tall, it can be unbranched for 20 metres and is often of a very large diameter[
378
Title
Present and Potential Commercial Timbers of the Caribbean
Publication
USDA Agricultural Handbook No. 207
Author
Longwood.F.R.
Publisher
USDA Forest Service; Washington, DC.
Year
1962
ISBN
 
Description
Quite detailed information on more than 60 species of Caribbean timber trees, giving species descriptions, habitat, detailed info on the wood and some info on other uses. Available for download on the internet.
,
422
Title
Fruits of the Guianan Flora
Publication
 
Author
van Roosmalen. M.G.M.
Publisher
Institute of Systematic Boyany, Utrecht University; Netherlands.
Year
1985
ISBN
90-9000988-4
Description
Terse descriptions of over 1,700 species from the Guianas that bear fruits - not necessarily edible! Often mentions if the fruit is edible, plus gives brief description of habit and habitat.
].
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine, and also for its timber, which is a source of 'mandioqueira' wood that is used locally and also exported.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

422
Title
Fruits of the Guianan Flora
Publication
 
Author
van Roosmalen. M.G.M.
Publisher
Institute of Systematic Boyany, Utrecht University; Netherlands.
Year
1985
ISBN
90-9000988-4
Description
Terse descriptions of over 1,700 species from the Guianas that bear fruits - not necessarily edible! Often mentions if the fruit is edible, plus gives brief description of habit and habitat.
,
434
Title
Flora of Peru
Publication
 
Author
Macbride. J.F.
Publisher
Field Museum of Natural History
Year
1936
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent attempt at a Flora of Peru, though it is clear that many of the plants were imperfectly known at that time and so information on them was sketchy. Available for download from the Internet.

Range

S. America - Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, the Guyanas.

Habitat

Primary rainforests, usually on higher, non-inundated sites[
341
Title
South American Timbers: the Properties, Uses and Characteristics of 190 Species.
Publication
 
Author
Bolza. E. & Christensen. F.J.
Publisher
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization
Year
1979
ISBN
0 643 02582 0
Description
A very useful guide.
,
378
Title
Present and Potential Commercial Timbers of the Caribbean
Publication
USDA Agricultural Handbook No. 207
Author
Longwood.F.R.
Publisher
USDA Forest Service; Washington, DC.
Year
1962
ISBN
 
Description
Quite detailed information on more than 60 species of Caribbean timber trees, giving species descriptions, habitat, detailed info on the wood and some info on other uses. Available for download on the internet.
].

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitTree
Height35.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The bark is boiled and the water used to treat snakebite as an anti-venom[
348
Title
Medicinal Plants of the Guianas
Publication
 
Author
DeFilipps, R. A.; Maina, S. L.; & Crepin, J.
Website
http://botany.si.edu/bdg/medicinal/index.html
Publisher
Smithsonian Museum
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A down-loadable PDF document of a book in pre-publication awaiting illustration. An excellent, if rather terse, guide to the traditional medicinal uses of the plants of the region
].

Other Uses

The freshly cut heartwood is a pinkish brown, becoming light reddish brown with a definite coppery or golden look upon drying; it is not clearly separated from the 3 - 6cm wide band of cream-coloured sapwood. The grain is straight to sometimes interlocked - when interlocked grain is present, a mild wavy figure is apparent on the tangential
surface; texture is medium to coarse; lustre is high, but without the characteristic sublustre so well developed in many high-grade cabinet woods; the unseasoned wood has an unpleasant odour, but no distinctive odour or taste is evident in seasoned wood. The wood is moderately heavy, moderately hard; somewhat variable in decay resistance but, in general, is moderately durable. It seasons at a normal rate, with a high risk of checking and distortion; once dry it is poorly stable in service. It has moderately good working properties; saws and planes well; takes nails and screws well; glues satisfactorily; but requires care in polishing. However, it dulls saws and cutting edges rather quickly because of the accumulation of silica in the parenchyma and ray cells - stellite-tipped and tungsten carbide tools are recommended. Chipped or torn grain is likely to occur when roey grain is present, and fuzzy surfaces and tearing are apt to occur in boring[
378
Title
Present and Potential Commercial Timbers of the Caribbean
Publication
USDA Agricultural Handbook No. 207
Author
Longwood.F.R.
Publisher
USDA Forest Service; Washington, DC.
Year
1962
ISBN
 
Description
Quite detailed information on more than 60 species of Caribbean timber trees, giving species descriptions, habitat, detailed info on the wood and some info on other uses. Available for download on the internet.
]. The wood is used locally for such purposes as canoes, joinery, flooring, interior trim, furniture, and millwork. It has been used in the superstructures of bridges and has also been found suitable for packing cases, outside and inside sheathing, rafters, and implements[
378
Title
Present and Potential Commercial Timbers of the Caribbean
Publication
USDA Agricultural Handbook No. 207
Author
Longwood.F.R.
Publisher
USDA Forest Service; Washington, DC.
Year
1962
ISBN
 
Description
Quite detailed information on more than 60 species of Caribbean timber trees, giving species descriptions, habitat, detailed info on the wood and some info on other uses. Available for download on the internet.
,
848
Title
Tropix 7
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://tropix.cirad.fr/en
Publisher
CIRAD
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An on-line guide to the timbers of 245 species of trees.
].

Propagation

Seed -
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