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The Santa María tree (calophyllum brasiliense) is a dominant species and is also widespread in the swampy woods. It possesses a thick trunk with a wide tree top and can reach 35 to 40 meters in height.

The tree produces a meaty and green fruit which serves as food for many animals, like bats for instance. By eating the fruits bats help spread the seeds to other parts of the mangrove forest, aiding in the natural reforestation.

The bark contains an essential oil which is very aromatic, similar to the smell of sandalwood. The oil from the seeds is also used as fuel for lamps.
Santa María wood is of an excellent quality and is used to make elaborate pieces of furniture, walls, bridges, doors, adornments and is also used in a variety of arts and crafts.
 


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