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Useful Tropical Plants

Sideroxylon persimile

(Hemsl.) T.D.Penn.

Sapotaceae

+ Synonyms

Bumelia austin-smithii Standl.

Bumelia barba-tigris Pittier

Bumelia eloxochitlensis R.E.Schult. & Conz.

Bumelia grisebachii Pierre

Bumelia guatemalensis Standl.

Bumelia lankesteri Standl.

Bumelia leiogyna J.D.Sm.

Bumelia megaphylla S.F.Blake

Bumelia panamensis Standl.

Bumelia persimilis Hemsl.

Bumelia pleistochasia J.D.Sm.

Lyciodes persimile (Hemsl.) Kuntze

Common Name:

Sideroxylon persimile
A small tree, growing as a street tree in Hawaii
Photograph by: Forest and Kim Starr
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General Information

Sideroxylon persimile is a spiny, large, evergreen shrub or tree; it can grow from 5 - 18 metres tall[
599
Title
Journal of the Arnold Arboretum. Vol. 26
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Harvard University.
Year
1945
ISBN
 
Description
Amongst the many articles is one giving a treatment of the Lauraceae. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
]. It has a deeply fluted bole that can be 100cm in diameter[
475
Title
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden. Volume 55
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden
Year
1968
ISBN
 
Description
Contains, amongst other things, a taxonomic treatment of the Phytolaccaceae and part of the flora of Panama. Can be downloaded from the Internet.
].
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and source of wood. It is grown as a timber crop and is also used as an ornamental street tree in Hawaii[
854
Title
Plants of Hawaii
Publication
 
Author
Starr F.; Starr K.; Loope L.
Website
http://www.hear.org/starr/hiplants/reports/
Publisher
United States Geological Survey--Biological Resources Division;
Year
2003
ISBN
 
Description
Fairly detailed reports on 92 plants found growing in Hawaii, often giving plant uses. Produced in PDF format, they can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Known Hazards

The tree is sometimes armed with painful and irritating thorns 1 - 3cm long[
854
Title
Plants of Hawaii
Publication
 
Author
Starr F.; Starr K.; Loope L.
Website
http://www.hear.org/starr/hiplants/reports/
Publisher
United States Geological Survey--Biological Resources Division;
Year
2003
ISBN
 
Description
Fairly detailed reports on 92 plants found growing in Hawaii, often giving plant uses. Produced in PDF format, they can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Botanical References

475
Title
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden. Volume 55
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden
Year
1968
ISBN
 
Description
Contains, amongst other things, a taxonomic treatment of the Phytolaccaceae and part of the flora of Panama. Can be downloaded from the Internet.
,
599
Title
Journal of the Arnold Arboretum. Vol. 26
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Harvard University.
Year
1945
ISBN
 
Description
Amongst the many articles is one giving a treatment of the Lauraceae. It can be downloaded from the Internet.

Range

S. America - Colombia, Venezuela; C. America - Panama to Mexico; Caribbean - Trinidad.

Habitat

Not known

Properties

HabitEvergreen Tree
Height12.00 m
PollinatorsInsects
Cultivation StatusCultivated, Ornamental, Wild

Cultivation Details



The tree is spreading into the wild from initial plantings in Hawaii, probably as a result of seeds dispersed by birds from the numerous fruits the tree produces[
854
Title
Plants of Hawaii
Publication
 
Author
Starr F.; Starr K.; Loope L.
Website
http://www.hear.org/starr/hiplants/reports/
Publisher
United States Geological Survey--Biological Resources Division;
Year
2003
ISBN
 
Description
Fairly detailed reports on 92 plants found growing in Hawaii, often giving plant uses. Produced in PDF format, they can be downloaded from the Internet.
].
The greenish flowers are sweetly fragrant[
854
Title
Plants of Hawaii
Publication
 
Author
Starr F.; Starr K.; Loope L.
Website
http://www.hear.org/starr/hiplants/reports/
Publisher
United States Geological Survey--Biological Resources Division;
Year
2003
ISBN
 
Description
Fairly detailed reports on 92 plants found growing in Hawaii, often giving plant uses. Produced in PDF format, they can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Edible Uses

Fruit - raw[
599
Title
Journal of the Arnold Arboretum. Vol. 26
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Harvard University.
Year
1945
ISBN
 
Description
Amongst the many articles is one giving a treatment of the Lauraceae. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
,
854
Title
Plants of Hawaii
Publication
 
Author
Starr F.; Starr K.; Loope L.
Website
http://www.hear.org/starr/hiplants/reports/
Publisher
United States Geological Survey--Biological Resources Division;
Year
2003
ISBN
 
Description
Fairly detailed reports on 92 plants found growing in Hawaii, often giving plant uses. Produced in PDF format, they can be downloaded from the Internet.
]. A sweet flavour[
599
Title
Journal of the Arnold Arboretum. Vol. 26
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Harvard University.
Year
1945
ISBN
 
Description
Amongst the many articles is one giving a treatment of the Lauraceae. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
]. The oblong to ellipsoid, deep blue to black fruit is around 15 - 25mm long and 10 - 20mm wide[
599
Title
Journal of the Arnold Arboretum. Vol. 26
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Harvard University.
Year
1945
ISBN
 
Description
Amongst the many articles is one giving a treatment of the Lauraceae. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
,
854
Title
Plants of Hawaii
Publication
 
Author
Starr F.; Starr K.; Loope L.
Website
http://www.hear.org/starr/hiplants/reports/
Publisher
United States Geological Survey--Biological Resources Division;
Year
2003
ISBN
 
Description
Fairly detailed reports on 92 plants found growing in Hawaii, often giving plant uses. Produced in PDF format, they can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Medicinal

None known

Agroforestry Uses:

The tree has been used in reforestation projects in Hawaii[
854
Title
Plants of Hawaii
Publication
 
Author
Starr F.; Starr K.; Loope L.
Website
http://www.hear.org/starr/hiplants/reports/
Publisher
United States Geological Survey--Biological Resources Division;
Year
2003
ISBN
 
Description
Fairly detailed reports on 92 plants found growing in Hawaii, often giving plant uses. Produced in PDF format, they can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Other Uses

The wood is used for making the handles of tools such as axes[
854
Title
Plants of Hawaii
Publication
 
Author
Starr F.; Starr K.; Loope L.
Website
http://www.hear.org/starr/hiplants/reports/
Publisher
United States Geological Survey--Biological Resources Division;
Year
2003
ISBN
 
Description
Fairly detailed reports on 92 plants found growing in Hawaii, often giving plant uses. Produced in PDF format, they can be downloaded from the Internet.
].
The wood isused for fuel[
854
Title
Plants of Hawaii
Publication
 
Author
Starr F.; Starr K.; Loope L.
Website
http://www.hear.org/starr/hiplants/reports/
Publisher
United States Geological Survey--Biological Resources Division;
Year
2003
ISBN
 
Description
Fairly detailed reports on 92 plants found growing in Hawaii, often giving plant uses. Produced in PDF format, they can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Propagation

Seed -
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