Vismia camparaguey is a large shrub or a tree with a spreading crown, that can grow up to 10 metres tall. The bole can be up to 30cm in diameter, though it is usually much smaller[
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for its timber, which is mainly used as fuel.
Central America - Honduras, Belize, Guatemala, Mexico.
Moist or wet, open forest or brushy plains or hillsides, often in pine forest, frequently in second growth, at elevations up to 1,200 metres in Guatemala[
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A plant of the moist tropics, found from near sea level to over 1,000 metres.
The plant is sometimes known as 'can't-be-helped' - the explanation of this name is given as follows: 'The wood is poor for building huts, but if nothing else is available then it is used, as 'it can't be helped''[
]. ' The wood is pinkish,
moderately hard, strong, tough, medium-textured, fairly straight-grained, not difficult to work, not highly durable[
]. Little use is made of it except as fuel[
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