Protium aracouchini (Aubl.) Marchand
Anime (Colombia); Breu (Brazil); Isica (Peru); Uvilla (Bolivia)
Protium aracouchini var. angustifolium Swart; Icica aracouchini Aubl.
A very large tree, it attains heights of up to 40 m. It presents small to medium sized buttresses.
Protium aracouchini grows between 80 to 600 m of altitude.
P. aracouchini is reported in Colombia, Peru and Bolivia.
The resin of this species is locally used as medicine against the "Chagas" disease (trypanosomiasis).
Wood diffuse porous. Vessels solitary and in short radial multiples. Tangential diameter of vessel lumina 100 to 150 micras (small). Occasionally tangential diameter of vessel lumina 100 micras or less. Occasionally tyloses common. Vessels per mm2 more than 20 Axial parenchyma absent or extremely rare, non visible with magnifying glass (8x). Paratracheal axial parenchyma scanty and/or vasicentric. Prismatic crystals in non-chambered axial parenchyma cells. Occasionally siliceous bodies in the axial parenchyma. 4 to 10 rays per mm (medium). Rays exclusively uniseriate. Occasionally prismatic crystals in the ray cells. Homogeneous rays and/or sub-homogeneous rays (all ray cells procumbent). Oil and/or mucilage cells associated with the axial and/or ray parenchyma (id Septate fibers present. Silica bodies in fibers. Fibers with simple to minutely bordered pits.
Odor and taste are indistinct.
The sapwood is not differentiated, the heartwood is pinkish gray.
The grain is reported to be straight or interlocked.
The wood is reported to be frequently medium textured.
The wood exhibits a moderate to high luster.
Ease of Drying: It is reported to air season rapidly. Drying Defects: Little warping or checking are reported.
Machining operations are rated as easy to fair.
Wood of this species is easy to finish.
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