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Carapa guianensis is a species of the family Meliaceae (Mahogany family). The tree grows in the Amazon region, Central America and the Caribbean. It is a tall tree with dense foliage, which usually grows in the tropical rain forest along the edge of rivers. The wood resembles mahogany and is used in quality furniture. From the seeds is derived a plant oil which have medicinal properties. Also, the oil is used as a repellent against insects.
The oil contained in the andiroba almond is light yellow and extremely bitter. When subjected to a temperature below 25 °C, solidifies, leaving consistency like that of petroleum jelly. Contains substances like olein, palmitine and the glycerin.
The oil is used in Brazil as a furniture from termites and other wood-chewing insects.
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