Saurauia englesingii Standl.
Saurauia perseifolia Standl. & Steyerm.
Saurauia aspera is a tree with a wide-spreading crown, that can grow up to 15 metres tall[
]. The bole can be around 25cm in diameter[
The edible fruit is often gathered from the wild for local use. Because the fruit is valued, the tree is often spared when forest land is cleared[
Central America - Nicaragua to Mexico.
Dense forests, along rivers, wet thickets and bushland; at elevations from 20 - 2,000 metres[
]. Prefers positions exposed to direct sunlight[
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|Cultivation Status||Semi-cultivated, Wild
A plant of low to moderate elevations in the moist tropics, where it can be found at elevations up to 2,000 metres.
Prefers a sunny position[
Fruit - raw or cooked[
]. Very sweet and mucilaginous[
]. The fruits can be dried for later use[
]. The globose berries are 6 - 8mm in diameter[
A decoction of the fruit is rich in mucilage and makes an effective emollient[
]. It is used in the treatment of coughs, colds and throat irritations[
The white wood is soft and coarse[
We have no more information on the wood of this species, but the following is a general description of the wood from species in this genus.
The wood is little used, except locally for fuel. It is a pale reddish brown throughout; not attractive; lustre rather low; odourless and tasteless; rather light, but firm, tough, and strong; texture medium; grain straight; easy to cut, saws finely woolly, is rather hairy under the plane; probably not durable. Useful locally for general carpentry and interior construction[
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