Triplaris arnottiana Meisn.
Triplaris guayaquilensis Wedd.
Triplaris lindeniana Wedd.
Cultivated tree in Sao Paulo, Brazil
Photograph by: mauroguanandi
Triplaris cumingiana is an evergreen tree with a pyramid-shaped crown; it can grow 10 - 25 metres tall. The bole, which can be 10 - 30cm in diameter has small buttresses at the base[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its timber, which is used locally. It is grown as an ornamental in parks and gardens, being valued especially for its bright red fruits[
The terminal branches are pubescent and hollow. They are inhabited by very aggressive ants of the genus Pseudomyrmex - these will descend in hordes and aggressively attack any creature on the trunk[
S. America - Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela; Central America - Panama.
Dry, moist or wet forests at low elevations[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
A plant of moist, lowland tropical areas.
Plants may begin to flower when as little as 11 metres tall with a bole 12cm in diameter[
A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if seed is required.
The wood is used in the construction of domestic buildings, for making boxes and fence posts[
We have no more information on the wood from this species. However, we have a general description of the wood for this genus, which is as follows:-
The heartwood is a pale gray-brown to pinkish-brown; it is not demarcated from the sapwood. The texture is medium to moderately coarse; the grain straight or slightly interlocked; lustre is medium; there is no distinctive odour or taste. The wood is not very durable, being susceptible to attack by decay fungi and vulnerable to dry-wood termites. Drying is reported to vary from fairly slow to rapid, depending on species, with medium warping and checking. The wood machines well in all operations, but is rated only fair in turning. It is used for purposes such as furniture components, boxes and crates, interior construction, fiberboard and particleboard, joinery[
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