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Tree; leaves alternate, simple, wide elliptic, margins toothed, upper surface very rough (scabrous); inflorescence terminal; flowers orange-red, funnel-like, with numerous lobes; fruit egg-shaped, yellow at maturity, edible. (Image at left photographed in Merida.)
The wood is hard, heavy, and beautifully figured, dark brown with streaks of yellow; it is used for general construction, furniture, and cabinetwork. The leaves can be used for their abrasive quality, as a substitute for sandpaper. Fruits can be consumed fresh or cooked. Listed as an important source of pollen and/or nectar for bees (Souza Novello 1981).