Copaíba - Inhotim

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Copaíba

Popular name: Copaíba or diesel tree
Scientific name: Copaifera langsdorffii

Copaíba Inhotim
The bark of the tree, of red (young) and brown (adult) color, might reach up to 17-mm thick. Photo: João Marcos Rosa/Nitro.
Copaíba Inhotim
The copaíba can be seen close to Galeria Psicoativa Tunga. Photo: João Marcos Rosa/Nitro.

Reaching up to 30 meters high, the copaíba’s fruits are edible for birds. The wood can be used in cabinetry, as well as in civil and naval construction.

Extracted directly from the trunk, the copaíba’s oil-resin is used as fuel for diesel engines and broadly used in popular medicine. It can also be employed in the production of honey, afforestation of cities, and reforestation.

Copaíba Inhotim
The new foliage of light-pink shade is very ornamental and important to identify the species. Photo: João Marcos Rosa/Nitro. 

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