Tree Species (Scientific Name)
Peru Common Name
Matapalo, Ojé, Hoja ancha
Average Leaf Size (cm)
Elevational Range (m)
Native to Peru
Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela
Coffee Agroforestry Information
Beneficial to coffee
Common in Coffee Agroforestry
Planted in nursery by seeds and cuttings. Deciduous forest species that parasitizes other trees in order to coexist and become independent. It has a low incidence of pests.
Tree Benefits and Uses
It is semi-hard with a straight grain and medium texture and light color. Used for electrical carpentry, drawers and as firewood.
- Coffee Shade
- Soil Improvement
Coffee Shade: provides medium shade in foliating season, and no shade when leaves drop mainly during the dry season
The fresh fruits are consumed by small rodents and frugivorous birds such as tanagers, euphonia and magpies. It retains arthropods that are consumed by insectivorous birds such as tyrants, vireos, and greenlets.