Catalog Number: US 537207
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Botany
Verification Degree: Original publication and alleged type specimen examined
Preparation: Pressed specimen
Collector(s): H. M. Curran
Year Collected: 1916
Locality: San Martin de Loba & vicinity., Bolívar, Colombia, South America
- Holotype: Blake, S. F. 1919. Contr. U.S. Natl. Herb. 20: 238.
Molecular Biology and Genetics
Statistics of barcoding coverage: Coccoloba caracasana
Public Records: 0
Specimens with Barcodes: 6
Species With Barcodes: 1
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Coccoloba caracasana (from Greek kokkolobis, the ancient name given to a vine by the appearance of its fruit) is a tree in the family Polygonaceae. It is known by the common name Papaturro.
Economic and ecological aspects
The distribution of this tree ranges from El Salvador to Panama and northern South America, where it is most common in the Pacific regions. It prefers sandy, loose and wet soil; it may be found along rivers. Economically, the species is useful for its edible fruit. The wood is used as firewood and for poles. The foliage is ornamental and hung for shade.
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