Cornutia ternata Sessé & Moc.
Vitex hawaiiensis H.J.Lam
Vitex lasiophylla Benth.
Vitex mollis is a tree growing up to 18 metres tall[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its edible fruit, which is consumed locally. The fruit is often sold in local markets[
]. The wood is probably also used.
Central America to southern N. America - Mexico.
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Fruit - raw[
]. The bluish-black, globose fruit is about 1 - 2cm in diameter[
A decoction of the fruit and leaves is used as a remedy for diarrhoea[
We have no information on the wood for this species. However, we have a general description for the wood of S. American species of this genus, which is as follows:-
The heartwood is variable according to the species, ranging from yellowish-brown through deep brown, olive-green or olive-brown; it is usually not sharply demarcated from the whitish, yellow, or pale brown sapwood. The texture is rather fine to moderately coarse; the grain straight, sometimes irregular; lustre ranges from low to high; there is no distinctive odour or taste. A silica content of 0.76% is reported. Depending on the species, durability varies from moderately durable to very durable when exposed to a white-rot and brown-rot fungus. Actual field exposures show some species as durable and others as susceptible to attack by decay fungi and insects. Reports are also variable on seasoning, material from Panama had a moderate drying rate and no appreciable defects. The wood is easy to work with both hand and machine tools, though there is some tearing if grain is irregular; it takes a high polish. It is used for purposes such as furniture, millwork, veneer and plywood, general carpentry, mallet heads, chisel handles and flooring[
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