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Chrysophyllum argenteum – Bastard redwood


Native to:



South America, Central America, Caribbean - Trinidad to Cuba

Moist, lower mountain forest. 10-1600 meters above sea level. 15 meter tall tree.

Chrysophyllum argenteum – Bastard redwood

Ecological value:

Fruits and flowers year round, food source for mammals and birds. The flowers of this genus are small, generally purple-white, with a sweet fragrant scent.

Material uses:

The wood is hard, heavy, strong, tough, and durable, therefore used for fence posts, construction and tool handles. Also used for charcoal.

Edible uses:

Sweet fruit. Most fruit from this genus are edible and is round and often purple skinned with a star pattern in the pulp.

Medicinal use:

Bark used to treat sores.

Other details:

Chrysophyllum argenteum belongs to a genus of 54 species found across the tropics. The genus belongs to the Sapotaceae family, in which many produce edible fruits. 63 genera belong to the Sapotaceae family.


Maria Camila Misle/Christine Facella


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“Chrysophyllum Argenteum - Useful Tropical Plants.” n.d.
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Image sources: Environmental Sciences Program, © Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and Forest & Kim Starr

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