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Screening trial of 14 tropical hardwoods with an emphasis on species native to Costa Rica: Fourth year results

Literature: Journal Articles

Butterfield, R.P. & Mariano, E.C. 1995, "Screening trial of 14 tropical hardwoods with an emphasis on species native to Costa Rica: Fourth year results", New Forests, vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 135-145.


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Species Info

Native and Exotic Species

  • Vochysia guatemalensis
  • Stryphnodendron microstachyum
  • Terminalia ivorensis
  • Vochysia ferruginea
  • Hyeronima alchorneoides
  • Dipteryx panamensis
  • Calophyllum brasiliense
  • Lonchocarpus ferrugineus
  • Tabebuia rosea
  • Pterocarpus officinalis
  • Vitex cooperi
  • Cordia alliodora
  • Dalbergia tucurensis
  • Schizolobium parahybum


  • This article summarizes the growth and survival status of native tree species at four years since establishment in plantations at the La Selva Biological Station in Costa Rica.
  • The site evaluated was considered a marginal lands and with low input of forest maintenance, reflecting the conditions of many lands that farmers would use for reforestation.
  • Vochysia guatemalensis had the highest survival, growth and form. Vochysia ferruginea, Hyeronima alchorneoides, Dipteryx panamensis, and Calophyllum brasiliense also had fast growth, high survival rates and acceptable form.
  • Given the early growth and survival, these timber species would likely prove viable for the Costa Rican Forest Service to encourage for use in reforestation programs.

Related Publications and Projects

Geographical Region

  • Southern Central America
  • Ecosystems

  • Tropical Wet Forest
  • Country

  • Costa Rica
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