Aspidosperma discolor A. DC., Apocynaceae

December 24, 2009

Yesterday’s short trip (as a passenger on my farm help’s, Louro, motor bike) to a nearby good-size patch (about 300 ha) of the virgin Atlantic forest led to the discovery of a new (to me, that is) Apocynaceae sp., Aspidosperma discolor A. DC. It’s a tall tree (some 30 m), with a peculiarly shaped trunk and used by local people to cut from it bits to make ax handles (‘cabo de machado’ in Portuguese). The tree is therefore known locally as ‘pau de cabo de machado’.

Tree of some 30 m.

Leaves and branches when cut exude white latex.

Yet to see flowers and fruit.

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