Chaetoptelea mexicana Liebm.
Common Name: Membrillo
Membrillo is a large, deciduous tree with a rather open, ovate crown; it usually grows 10 - 25 metres tall, though some specimens are taller. The bole is often 75 cm in diameter[
The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of wood.
Central America - Panama north to Mexico.
Moist mountain forest at elevations of 900 - 2,700 metres[
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The bark is astringent. It is used locally in the treatment of coughs[
The heartwood is deep reddish brown, often with darker streaks, while the thick band of sapwood is light brownish gray[
]. The wood is fine-grained, rather hard, moderately heavy, very tough and strong, in structure much like that of the elm (Ulmus spp.)[
]. It takes a good polish. It is used for construction, railroad ties, cart axles, beds, and cart wheels[
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