Brosimum rubescens - Taub.
Common Name Bloodwood Cacique
Family Moraceae
USDA hardiness 10-12
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Wet evergreen forests at low elevations[ 369 ].
Range S. America - Brazil, Bolivia and Peru, north through Central America to Panama and Costa Rica.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Tender Moist Soil Full shade Semi-shade

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Bloodwood Cacique or Brosimum rubiscens is an evergreen tree that grows up to 40 m tall with trunk diameter of up to 5 0 -70 cm. It has no buttresses, and its crown is small. It is found in wet evergreen forests at low elevations in South America. The latex is drunk to treat colds and cough. Bloodwood cacique is valued for its very hard and durable, high-quality wood that is resistant to termite attacks. It is used in furniture-making, carpentry, parquet flooring, etc.

Brosimum rubescens Bloodwood Cacique
Brosimum rubescens Bloodwood Cacique
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Physical Characteristics
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Brosimum rubescens is an evergreen Tree growing to 30 m (98ft) by 20 m (65ft) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 10. Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in full shade (deep woodland) or semi-shade (light woodland). It prefers moist soil.

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Edible Uses
None known
Medicinal Uses
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The latex is drunk as a medication for colds or for coughing[ 348 ].


Other Uses
Other uses rating: High (4/5). Other Uses: The heartwood is dark red, often with darker veins; it is clearly demarcated from the 4 - 20cm wide band of sapwood. The texture is fine; the grain straight or interlocked. The wood is very hard, dense, very heavy; durable, with a high resistance to wood-eating organisms. It is slow to season, with only a slight risk of checking or distortion; once dry it is stable in service. The wood has a fairly high blunting effect, stellite-tipped and tungsten carbide tools are recommended; it finishes well with a beautiful polish; nailing and screwing are good, but pre-boring is required; gluing is correct for internal purposes, but requires care because of the denseness of the wood. A very good quality wood, it is used for making high value items such as furniture, musical instruments, parquet flooring, wood ware, turned goods and fancy carpentry[ 46 , 625 , 848 ].
Cultivation details
Prefers a position with some shade[ 625 ]. Newly planted young trees have a moderate rate of growth[ 625 ].
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe. Sow in individual containers, placed in partial shade. Germination rates are usually low, with the seed sprouting within 40 - 60 days[ 625 ].
Other Names
Bloodwood Cacique or Brosimum rubiscens
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Weed Potential

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None Known
Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : This taxon has not yet been assessed.
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