Other common names are Milk Tree, Couba, Sorva, Sorva Grande, Leche Caspi, Leche Huayo, Aso, Fransoco, and Wansoka. Native to Central and South. latapi latapi caspi latapicaspi lati lattsimin lebiza lecillo lech leche , , leche amarilla , How do you say Leche caspi (Couma macrocarpa)? Listen to the audio pronunciation of Leche caspi (Couma macrocarpa) on pronouncekiwi.

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Native to Central and South America, Barca or Couma macrocarpa is a large tropical tree up to 40 m tall with oval casi in groups of three. The flowers are small. The bark is thick and dark-coloured. The stem yields edible and sweet latex which can also be used in the treatment of amoebiasis and in making chewing gum.

The globose, yellow-green fruit is eaten raw.

How To Pronounce Leche caspi (Couma macrocarpa)

It has sweet and succulent pulp. Infusion of leaves is used as a beverage. The latex is known as glutta-percha and has a wide range of uses like as insulating material for electricity wiring, or moulded into ornate furniture, pistol grips, etc.

Further, it is used as the core of golf ball and in modern dentistry. The wood is used for interior millwork, general construction, furniture components, fibreboard, boxes, and crates. Leche caspi, Leche huayo, Aso, Fransoco, Wansoka, sorva, cow tree. When the bark is cut or broken, there issues from it a rich creamy latex that is sweet and palatable[].

It is not very sticky and may be drunk like cow’s milk[ ]. A latex obtained from the trunk can be used to make chewing gum[ 46 ]. Fruit – raw[ ]. The succulent pulp is sweet and extremely glutinous[ ]. It contains latex[ ]. The globose, yellow-green fruit is about 6cm in diameter, containing a few seeds[ ]. An infusion of the leaves is used as a beverage[ ]. Plants For A Future can not take any responsibility for any adverse effects from the use of plants.

Always seek advice from a professional before using a plant medicinally. A latex in the stems can be used in the treatment of amoebiasis, including amoebic dysentery[ ]. A latex exudes from the cut or broken bark. When boiled in water it gives a product similar to gutta-percha that can be used for caulking canoes[ ]. Gutta-percha is a natural latex obtained from the sap of the tree. Allowing this fluid to evaporate and coagulate in the sun produces a hard and durable latex which can be made flexible again with hot water, but which does not become brittle.


Prior to the advent of synthetic materials, gutta-percha had a wide range of uses – most particularly as an insulating material for electricity wiring and for underwater telegraph wires, a purpose for which it is very well suited since it is bio-inert and so is not attacked by marine plants or animals. Gutta-percha can be moulded into any shape and has been used to make items such as ornate furniture, pistol grips, acid-resistant receptacles and? It has been widely used as the core of golf balls and is still used in modern dentistry where its bio-inertness makes it ideal as a temporary filling for teeth and as a filling material inside tooth fillings[ 46].

The heartwood is cream-coloured or pale brown, often with a pinkish tinge; there is no sharp demarcation from the sapwood. The texture is medium; the grain fairly straight to inter- locked; luster rather low to medium; odour and taste not distinctive. The wood is light in weight; moderately hard; natural durability is low and the wood is prone to attacks by blue-stain fungi.

It is easy to both air dry and kiln dry, with little or no degrade due to warping or checking. The wood is easy to work with all tools, however there is some difficulty to generate smooth surfaces on quarter-sawn stock due to the interlocked grain; it is easy to nail and screw; and generally finishes well.

The wood is used for interior millwork, general construction, furniture components, veneer for plywood, particleboard and fiberboard, boxes and crates[, ]. A tree of the lowland humid tropics. Prefers a shady position. Plants For A Future have a number of books available in paperback and digital form.

Our new book to be released soon is Edible Shrubs. Seed – of short viability, it should be sown as soon as it is ripe in a shady position in a nursery seedbed or in individual containers[ ]. Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section.

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Couma macrocarpa Barca, Milk Tree, Couba, Sorva, Sorva grande PFAF Plant Database

America – Panama to Guatemala. You can translate the content of this page by selecting a language in the select box. Couma macrocarpa is an evergreen Tree growing to 25 m 82ft by 25 m 82ft at a medium rate. It is hardy to zone UK It can grow in semi-shade light woodland or no shade.

Couma macrocarpa

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