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Useful Tropical Plants

Saurauia villosa

DC.

Actinidiaceae

+ Synonyms

Davya villosa Moc. & Sessé ex DC.

Leucothea villosa Moc. & Sessé ex DC.

Obelanthera melastomacea Turcz.

Saurauia macrophylla Linden ex Lindl. & Paxton

Saurauia obelanthera Turcz.

Saurauia pseudopeduncularis Buscal.

Saurauia selerorum Buscal.

Saurauia speluncicola R.E.Schult.

Common Name:

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General Information

Saurauia villosa is a shrub or small tree growing from 2 - 12 metres tall.
The edible fruit is gathered from the wild for local use.
The plant is classified as 'Vulnerable' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2011)[
338
Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

408
Title
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden Vol. 53
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden
Year
1966
ISBN
 
Description
Contains an excellent treament of a section of the genus Inga. An excellent botanical publication, available for download from the Internet.

Range

C. America - Honduras, Guatemala, southern Mexico.

Habitat

Damp forests, hillsides, thickets, along brooks, limestone cliffs with water continually dripping on plants, temperate mountain regions; at elevations from 900 - 1,000 metres[
408
Title
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden Vol. 53
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden
Year
1966
ISBN
 
Description
Contains an excellent treament of a section of the genus Inga. An excellent botanical publication, available for download from the Internet.
]. Moist or wet, mixed or pine forest or thickets, 750 - 2,700 metres[
331
Title
Flora of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/
].

Properties

Conservation StatusVulnerable
Edibility Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *
HabitShrub
Height5.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

A plant of the moist tropics, where it is found at elevations from 750 - 2,700 metres[
408
Title
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden Vol. 53
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden
Year
1966
ISBN
 
Description
Contains an excellent treament of a section of the genus Inga. An excellent botanical publication, available for download from the Internet.
].

The plant fruits very heavily[
659
Title
Botanical Museum Leaflets Vol 8
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Harvard University; Cambridge, Mass.
Year
1940
ISBN
 
Description
Various articles on botany, including species of Saurauia in Mexico. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Edible Uses

Fruit - raw or cooked[
659
Title
Botanical Museum Leaflets Vol 8
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Harvard University; Cambridge, Mass.
Year
1940
ISBN
 
Description
Various articles on botany, including species of Saurauia in Mexico. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
]. Sweet and mucilaginous[
659
Title
Botanical Museum Leaflets Vol 8
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Harvard University; Cambridge, Mass.
Year
1940
ISBN
 
Description
Various articles on botany, including species of Saurauia in Mexico. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

We have no 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[
660
Title
Revision of S. American Saurauria (Actinidiaceae).
Publication
 
Author
Soejarto D.D.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Field Museum of Natural History: Chicago.
Year
1980
ISBN
0015-1746
Description
A treatment of the S. American species in the genus Saurauia. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Propagation

Seed -
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