Uribea tamarindoides is a deciduous tree growing 30 - 50 metres tall. The straight, cylindrical bole can be up to 100cm in diameter with medium-sized buttresses[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and sometimes also for its wood.
S. America - Colombia, north through Panama to Costa Rica.
Very humid forests, usually on gentle to steep slopes; at elevations from 100 - 300 metres.
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The aril inside the seedpod has a sweet flavour[
]. It is said to be similar to the tamarind (Tamarindus indica)[
The wood is heavy, very hard, durable. It is generally too hard for local populations to use and is of limited availability and is little exploited commercially[
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