Manilkara huberi is native to large parts of northern South America, Central America and the Antilles, at elevations below 800 metres (2,600 ft) above sea level.
Manilkara huberi is a large tree, reaching heights of 30–55 metres (98–180 ft). The leaves are oblong, approximately 1–2 decimetres (3.9–7.9 in) in length, with yellow undersides. The flowers are hermaphroditic; white with 3 sepals. The edible fruit is yellow and ovoid, 3 centimetres (1.2 in) in diameter, containing one seed (or occasionally two).
M. huberi produces an edible latex that can be harvested in a manner similar to the harvesting of the latex of the rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis). The latex dries to an inelastic rubber, which is considered inferior to gutta-percha.
The latex from M. huberi is sometimes used to make golf ball covers. It is considered a good, but short-lived, cover, requiring frequent recoating, yet it is popular in tournaments.
The tree is also used for lumber in Puerto Rico. The wood is red and very hard, and is popular for use in furniture making, construction, and railway ties. The wood is so dense to the point that it does not float on water, and requires pre-drilling before nailing. The specific gravity of M. huberi wood is between 0.85 and 0.95 g/cm3.
Manilkara huberi is also known as:
- Manilkara jaimiqui C. Wright ex Griseb.; Dubard
- Mimusops huberi Ducke
- Mimusops jaimiqui C. Wright ex Griseb.
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- "Flores de Manilkara huberi". Espécies Abóreas da Amazônia. Agência de Informação Embrapa. Retrieved 23 July 2012.
- "Manilkara huberi". Tropicos. Retrieved 23 July 2012.