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Oxandra laurifolia - (Sw.) A.Rich

Common Name Yaya, lancewood
Family Annonaceae
USDA hardiness 10-12
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Forests at elevations from 150 - 600 metres in Puerto Rico[448 ]. Forests on limestone in wet areas at elevations around 600 metres in Jamaica[426 ].
Range Caribbean - Martinique to Cuba.
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Other Uses    (4 of 5)
Weed Potential No
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Care
Tender Moist Soil Full sun
Oxandra laurifolia Yaya, lancewood


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Oxandra laurifolia is an evergreen Tree growing to 10 m (32ft) by 8 m (26ft) at a medium 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: neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very alkaline soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Uvaria laurifolia Sw.

Habitats

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal Uses

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Other Uses

Other Uses The light yellow wood is made up entirely of sapwood. The texture is very fine; the grain straight; lustre is medium; there is no distinctive odour or taste. The wood is very strong, extremely hard, elastic; durable. It is moderately difficult to work because of its high density, but finishes smoothly and is excellent for turnery. Said to be the equal of boxwood in hardness, it is used for making fishing rods, billiard cues, archery bows, articles of turnery, masts, textile machinery, and small tool handles[316 , 448 ].

Special Uses

Cultivation details

Not known

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Propagation

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Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Yaya, lancewood

Found In

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

Cuba; Haiti; Dominican Republic; Jamaica; Puerto Rico; Virgin Islands, U.S.; Guadeloupe; Martinique; Saint Kitts and Nevis

Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : This taxon has not yet been assessed

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