Cavanillesia platanifolia

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Cavanillesia platanifolia
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Malvales
Family: Malvaceae
Genus: Cavanillesia
C. platanifolia
Binomial name
Cavanillesia platanifolia
  • Pourretia platanifolia Humb. & Bonpl.[2]

Cavanillesia platanifolia, known as pijio, bongo, pretino, petrino, cuipo, hameli or hamelí in Spanish[2][1] or macondo,[4] is a flowering plant species in the family Malvaceae.[2] It grows in lowland rainforests in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru.[2][1]

Cuipo wood is extremely soft and may have commercial applications. According to the Janka Hardness Test, along with balsa it is one of the softest.


  1. ^ a b c Mitré, M. (1998). "Cavanillesia platanifolia". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 1998. Retrieved 22 March 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Cavanillesia platanifolia (Humb. & Bonpl.) Kunth". Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). Agricultural Research Service (ARS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Retrieved 22 March 2013.
  3. ^ "The Plant List: A Working List of all Plant Species".
  4. ^ Peixoto, Aristeu Mendes; de Toledo, Francisco Ferraz (1995). Enciclopédia Agrícola Brasileira: I-M Vol. 4. EdUSP. pp. 346–. ISBN 978-85-314-0719-2. Retrieved 23 March 2013.