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Magnolia dodecapetala - (Lam.) Govaerts

Common Name Bwapen mawon
Family Magnoliaceae
USDA hardiness 10-12
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Generally distributed in the humid, many-storied forests at elevations between 420 - 750 metres. It develops best. in deep, rich, soils in valleys and on level sites at middle elevations in hot, humid climates. It is never found on ridges or slopes[378 ].
Range Caribbean - Trinidad and Tobago, Leeward Islands, Windward Islands.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Tender Moist Soil Full sun
Magnolia dodecapetala Bwapen mawon


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Summary

Found in the Carribean, Magnolia dodecapetala is a 40 m tall tree with a large rounded canopy. It has a straight, cylindrical buttressed trunk that can be up to 90 cm in diameter and branchless for up to 18 m. It has no reported medicinal and edible uses. The wood is hard strong, and durable. It is highly valued as flooring material and for small boat construction and in the hulls of fishing canoes.


Physical Characteristics

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Magnolia dodecapetala is an evergreen Tree growing to 35 m (114ft) by 30 m (98ft) at a slow rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 10. Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Annona dodecapetala Lam. Magnolia fatiscens Rich. ex DC. Magnolia linguifolia L. ex Descourt. Magnol

Habitats

Generally distributed in the humid, many-storied forests at elevations between 420 - 750 metres. It develops best. in deep, rich, soils in valleys and on level sites at middle elevations in hot, humid climates. It is never found on ridges or slopes[378 ].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

Other Uses The heartwood is dull dark brown or black, often streaked with shades of brown; it is sharply demarcated from the white to light yellow sapwood. The texture is fine; the grain straight; when seasoned it is without distinctive odour or taste[378 ]. The wood is reported to be hard, tough, and strong, there are mixed reports on durability with some saying the heartwood is never attacked by insects, whilst others say that it is susceptible to termite and fungus attack[378 ]. The timber is also reported to be resistant to shock, stress, compression, and tension, and is difficult to split or twist. Its elasticity is also reported as fairly good[378 ]. The wood works easily and well, but does not take nails or screws well[378 ]. The wood is prized for flooring because of it's stability and the variety of colours present in the heartwood; it is also used extensively in small boat construction and in the hulls of fishing canoes. Other uses include marquetry, interior finish, gunstocks, and furniture[378 ].

Cultivation details

Not known

Propagation

Seed -

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Bwapen mawon

Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Dominica; Guadeloupe; Martinique; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Trinidad and Tobago

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : Status: Vulnerable B1ab(iii)

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