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Poulsenia armata - Poulsenia


Native to:



Parts of Central America and northern South America.

Wet forests. Up to 2350 meters above sea level. 20 meter tall tree.

Poulsenia armata - Poulsenia

Ecological value:

Fruit consumed by red spider monkeys from Mexico to Bolivia. Flowers and fruits throughout the year, especially during the dry and early rainy seasons.

Material uses:

The inner bark is thick and composed of numerous layers of strong crossed fibers which are soaked in water and then beaten into a rough fabric that has been used in hammocks, blankets and women’s clothing. The wood is not durable and has a high silica content (7.3%) but is used for construction, crates and veneers.

Edible uses:

Ripe fruit can be eaten raw. Fruits occasionally found at markets.

Medicinal use:

N/A Unspecified medicinal uses.

Other details:

Poulsenia armata is the only species in the genus Poulsenia. Used as animal fodder.


Jiahuan Cheng/Christine Facella


“Poulsenia Armata (Miq.) Standl. | Plants of the World Online | Kew Science.” n.d. Plants of the World Online. Accessed November 16, 2023.
“Poulsenia Armata - Useful Tropical Plants.” n.d.
Uphof. J. C. Th., ‘Dictionary of Economic Plants’, Weinheim, 1959
Chudnoff Martin., ‘Tropical Timbers of the World. Ag. Handbook No. 607’, USDA Forest Service. Wisconsin., 1984
Image sources: Luis Humberto Vicente-Rivera, Jorge L. Peña.

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