Virola loretensis is a tree with an open or pyramidal crown growing 6 - 11 metres tall. The moderately straight, cylindrical bole can be unbranched for up to 5 metres[
The tree is harvested from the wild and used locally as a food, soap substitute and timber.
S. America - Bolivia, Peru, Colombia.
Dense, primary rainforest in lowland areas that are not subject to seasonal inundation[
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A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if seed is required[
The fruit pulp is edible[
]. It is rich in oil[
The seeds are used as a substitute for soap[
]. The seeds are rich in oil[
]. It is used for making candles and soap[
Cut or damaged trees exude a blood-red, watery latex that is similar to the kino of commerce[
The wood is pale brown throughout; the fresh wood slightly fragrant, but tasteless. It is straight-grained; fine- or medium-textured; of light or medium weight; slightly fibrous, easy to cut, takes a smooth polish with a moderate lustre, and holds its place well when finished. Growth rings are absent or poorly defined[
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