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Sorva

Couma utilis

a.k.a. Milk Tree, Couba

Small, round fruit, looking somewhat like a guava, with an edible sweet pulp. The versatile tree is also a source of latex, used for a variety of industrial purposes.

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Description

sized tree from 15-50+ feet tall.

Hardiness

N/A

Growing Environment

N/A

Propagation

By seeds.

Uses

Fruit is eaten fresh. Tree latex is eaten to treat diarrhea, worms and parasites and is used to flavor drinks (sorva). The latex is also used in making chewing gum, glue, varnish, caulk, and other industrial products.

Native Range

Native to lowland Amazonia. Often grows in dry non-flood zones, in or near fields and grasslands.

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