Cavanillesia platanifolia

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Cavanillesia platanifolia
Cavanillesia platanifolia Ecuador.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Malvales
Family: Malvaceae
Subfamily: Bombacoideae
Genus: Cavanillesia
Species: C. platanifolia
Binomial name
Cavanillesia platanifolia
(Humb. & Bonpl.) Kunth[1]
  • Pourretia platanifolia Humb. & Bonpl.[1]

Cavanillesia platanifolia, known as pijio, bongo, pretino, petrino, cuipo, hameli or hamelí in Spanish[1][3] or macondo,[4] is a flowering plant species in the Malvaceae family.[1] It grows in lowland rainforests in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru.[1][3]

The wood of C. platanifolia is among the softest ever recorded: its Janka hardness is 22 lbf.[5]

In Ecuador this tree is found in the cloud forests of the Tumbesian Region and also in the hills of the Guayasean province.

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  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ "The Plant List: A Working List of all Plant Species". 
  3. ^ a b Mitré, M. (1998). "Cavanillesia platanifolia". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2012.2. Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  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. 
  5. ^ Johnny W. Morlan. "Wood Species Janka Hardness Scale/Chart By Common/Trade Name A - J". The World's Top 125 Known Softest Woods. Retrieved 20 December 2011.