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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Malpighiales
Family: Clusiaceae
Genus: Moronobea
Monorobea coccinea - MHNT

Moronobea is a plant genus of the family Clusiaceae. They are glabrous medium to large trees with yellow latex. The genus comprises 7 species, native to South America, 5 of which are in Venezuela. It is related to Platonia and Montrouziera[1]

The resinous latex of Moronobea coccinea and Moronobea riparia has been widely used by Amerindians for caulking, as a mastic, and burned as a source of light.


  1. ^ Ruhfel, B. R., V. Bittrich, C. P. Bove, M. H. G. Gustafsson, C. T. Philbrick, R. Rutishauser, Z. Xi, and C. C. Davis (2011). Phylogeny of the Clusioid Clade (Malpighiales): Evidence from the Plastid and Mitochondrial Genomes. American Journal of Botany 98: 306–25.