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Calycophyllum candidissimum


Native to:



Central America, Colombia and Venezuela, parts of the Caribbean.

Dry forests, shaded hillsides, along waterways. 0-1000 meters above sea level. 15 meters tall.

Calycophyllum candidissimum

Ecological value:

Pollen is a rich nectar source for bees. Very drought tolerant once established. Prefers well-drained and rich soil. Full sun. Can be grown as an ornamental with its flaky red bark and log periods of flowering. Found in dry ecoregions.

Material uses:

Wood, oatmeal in color, strong, hard and heavy. Moderately durable. Used for tools and tool handles, agricultural implements, frames and in turnery. Also made into charcoal.

Edible uses:

No record on this species.

Medicinal use:

No record on this species.

Other details:

National tree of Nicaragua. In the Rubiaceae family. Most members of this family are pollinated by insects. Sometimes starts branching near the ground.


Senna Lau/Christine Facella


Sources: “Calycophyllum Candidissimum (Vahl) DC. | Plants of the World Online | Kew Science.” n.d. Plants of the World Online. Accessed November 28, 2023.
“No Record - Useful Tropical Plants.” n.d. Accessed November 28, 2023.
Uphof. J. C. Th., ‘Dictionary of Economic Plants’, Weinheim, 1959
Image source: JorgeAlejandro

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