|Brosimum subsp. var.|
The Breadnut (B. alicastrum) was used by the Maya civilization for its edible nut. The dense vividly colored scarlet wood of Satine Bloodwood (B. paraense) is used for decorative woodworking. Plants of this genus are otherwise used for timber, building materials, and in a cultural context.
|Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture|
Brosimum (Greek, edible). Moraceae. A genus of 8 species of large trees of Trop. Amer., yielding edible fr. : fls. monoecious, or rarely dioecious, inside or on the outside of a fig-like receptacle. B. Alicastrum, Swartz, is the bread-nut of Jamaica, but it is not grown within the U. S., except in most of the botanic gardens. It bears round yellow fr., about an inch in diam., containing a single large seed, which is edible after roasting. The tree has shining lance-elliptic entire Lvs. Prop, by cuttings of young wood in a bell-jar with bottom heat.
Pests and diseases
- Brosimum acutifolium
- Brosimum alicastrum – Breadnut, Maya Nut, ramón (Spanish)
- Brosimum costaricanum
- Brosimum discolor
- Brosimum gaudichaudii Trecul – Mama-cadela
- Brosimum glaucum Taub.
- Brosimum glaziovii Taub.
- Brosimum guianense (Aubl.) Huber – "snakewood" (= B. aubletii)
- Brosimum ovatifolium
- Brosimum paraense – Satine Bloodwood
- Brosimum parinarioides Ducke
- Brosimum parinarioides ssp. amplicoma (Ducke) C.C.Berg (= B. amplicoma)
- Brosimum parinarioides ssp. parinarioides
- Brosimum potabile
- Brosimum rubescens Taub. (= B. paraense)
- Brosimum utile (Kunth) Pittier (= B. galactodendron)
- ↑ Baker (2004)
- Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture, by L. H. Bailey, MacMillan Co., 1963