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Promoting biodiversity: advances in evaluating native species for reforestation

Literature: Journal Articles

Butterfield, R.P. 1995, "Promoting biodiversity: advances in evaluating native species for reforestation", Forest Ecology and Management, vol. 75, no. 1-3, pp. 111-121.


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Species Info

  • Brosimum lactecens
  • Calophyllum brasiliense
  • Carapa nicaraguensis
  • Castilla elastica
  • Cedrela odorata
  • Cordia alliodora
  • Cordia bicolor
  • Cordia megalantha
  • Dalbergia tucurensis
  • Dipteryx panamensis
  • Genipa americana
  • Goethalsia meiantha
  • Hampea appendiculata
  • Hernandia didymantha
  • Hyeronima alchorneoides
  • Hymenolobium mesoamericanum
  • Ilex skutchii
  • Inga coruscans
  • lnga edula
  • Inga longispica
  • Inga thibaudiana
  • Jacaranda copaia 
  • Lacmellea panamensis
  • Laetia procera
  • Lecythis ampla
  • Lonchocurpus velutinus
  • Miconia multispicuta
  • Minquartia guianensis
  • Nectandra kunthiana
  • Nectandra membranacea
  • Ochroma pyramidale
  • Ormosia macrocalyx
  • Otoba novogranatensis
  • Pentaclethra macroloba
  • Pithecellobium elegans
  • Pithecellobium macradenium
  • Pouteria spp.
  • Pterocarpus rohrii
  • Rollinia microsepala
  • Sclerobium guianensis
  • Simarouba amara
  • Stryphnodendron microstachyum
  • Tabebuia guayacan
  • Terminalia amazonia
  • Terminalia oblonga
  • Virola koschyni
  • Vitex cooperi
  • Vochysia allenii
  • Vochysia ferruginea
  • Vochysia guatemalensis
  • Zanthoxylum mayanum
  • Albizia guachapele
  • Bombacopsis quinata (Pachira quinata)
  • Brosimum utile
  • Dalbergia retusa
  • Dilodendron costaricense
  • Enterolobium cyclocarpum
  • Gliricidia sepium
  • Myroxylon balsamum
  • Ocotea spp.
  • Pithecellobium arboreum
  • Pithecellobium idopodum
  • Pithecellobium saman
  • Pseudobombax septenatum
  • Simarouba glauca
  • Tabebuia rosea
  • Araucaria hunsteinii (exotic)
  • Acacia mangium (exotic)
  • Erythrina poeppigiana (exotic)
  • Eucalyptus cumaldulensis (exotic)
  • Eucalyptus deglupta (exotic)
  • Eucalyptus saligna (exotic)
  • Gmelina arborea (exotic)
  • Guazuma crinita (exotic)
  • Hersecl braviliensis (exotic)
  • Pinus caribaea var. hondurensis (exotic)
  • Pinus tecunumanii (exotic)
  • Tectona grandis (exotic)
  • Terminalia ivorensis (exotic)
  • Terminalia superba (exotic)


  • In this article, the author presents a description of the design of a long-term species screening trial conducted at La Selva Biological Station in Costa Rica. Growth and survivability data is presented for 84 species (17 popular exotics used for timber and 67 little-known local species with timber potential) at 3 years of age.
  • Of the species with the largest volume, 67% were native. Of the exotics Cordia alliodora and Tectona grandis did poorly, but Gmelina arborea and Eucalyptus deglupta had high volumes.
  • The author presents the species with the highest survival and volume, suggesting that their potential uses different (pulp, timber, agroforestry, reforestation/ecology, volume), and the species to be selected must depend on the goal of the reforestation.

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Geographical Region

  • Southern Central America
  • Ecosystems

  • Tropical Wet Forest
  • Country

  • Costa Rica
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