Other Names: pixoy, guacimo, caulote, tapaculo, bastard
Bay cedar is a common tree in the El Pilar Archaeological
Reserve. You may notice bay cedar's hard, spine-covered seed pods
scattered on the trails as you walk along. The fruits of bay cedar
are eaten by monkeys as well as cattle.
For stomach aches and diarrhea, the bark is boiled in
salt water and consumed. The gelatinous sap of the fruits is said
to cure elephantiasis and can be used to reduce swelling. It is also
used to treat dysentary, prostate problems, infections, and rashes.
Bay cedar is also used to make charcoal and cigar