Copaifera

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Copaifera
Copaifera officinalis - Köhler–s Medizinal-Pflanzen-047.jpg
Copaifera officinalis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Detarioideae
Genus: Copaifera
Lindl.
Genera

Several, see text

Synonyms
  • Copaiba Mill.
  • Copaiva Jacq.
  • Pseudosindora Symington

Copaifera is a genus of flowering plants in the legume family, Fabaceae.

The scientific name means "copal-bearer" (or more accurately, copaiba-bearer), since economically important resins and essential oils can be acquired from them. They are also important for production of biodiesel and wood, especially Copaifera langsdorffii. Other species are threatened, mainly by deforestation.

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