It is a medium-sized tree usually reaching 12 meters in height, with white flowers and small, oily fruits. The wood is light due to its porosity. It is honeycombed with capillaries filled with oil. Tapping the tree involves cutting a well into which the oil seeps and where it can be easily collected. Despite its vigorous production of oil the tree does not grow well outside of the tropics and does not show promise as a reliable source of biodiesel in temperate climates.
Bees utilize the tree for pollen collection. The wood can be burned for firewood or used in carpentry. The plant has a great number of historical medicinal uses.
WIPO ASSIGNS PATENT TO APIS FLORA INDUSTRIAL E COMERCIAL, UNIVERSIDADE DE SAO PAULO FOR "METHOD FOR PREPARING MATRIX MICRO-PARTICLES OF COPAIFERA LANGSDORFFII (AERIAL PARTS) AND FOR ISOLATING THE ACTIVE PRINCIPLES THEREIN; THUS PREPARED ANALGESIC , ANTI-SPASMODIC , ANTI-INFLAMMATORY , DIURETIC AND ANTISEPTIC MICRO-PARTICLES AND COMPOUNDS WITH ANTI-LITHIASIS ACTIVITY (RENAL CALCULI) , FORMULATIONS , PRODUCTS AND USES THEREOF" (BRAZILIAN INVENTORS)
Oct 06, 2011; GENEVA, Oct. 6 -- Publication No. WO/2011/120118 was published on Oct. 6. Title of the invention: "METHOD FOR PREPARING MATRIX...
Application of the essential oil from Copaiba (Copaifera langsdorffii Desf.) for acne vulgaris: a double-blind, placebo controlled clinical trial.(Original Research)(Report)
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