Triplaris peruviana is an evergreen tree with few, spreading branches, growing around 18 metres tall[
]. The straight, cylindrical bole can be up to 50cm in diameter and free of branches for up to 12 - 15 metres[
The wood is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use.
Hollow stems on the tree are inhabited by small, vicious ants which emerge quickly and attack anyone molesting the tree[
S. America - Peru.
Humid land or in the vicinity of watercourses[
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The pale yellowish or pinkish brown wood has an occasional scarlet streak[
]. It is odourless and tasteless; moderately straight-grained; rather coarse-textured; light in weight, but firm; slightly fibrous, easy to cut; susceptible to insects[
]. Growth rings are present, but not well defined[
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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