The light wood of C. schreberiana is variously used for matchsticks, boxes and crates, interior boarding and paper pulp. The hollow branches and trunks are used to make floats, gutters and trumpets. In places the leaves, latex or bark are employed in medicinal remedies (Bingelli, 1999).
In Grenada, a tea made from its leaves, along with bamboo, is used for colds and hypertension. It is also known to be used for diabetes and kidney disorders in some locations. In St . Lucia, the stem is made into a musical instrument called the ha ha. In Jamaica, is is also used to make musical instruments.
Principal source: Brokaw, N. V. L. 1998. Cecropia schreberiana in the Luquillo Mountains of Puerto Rico. Botanical Review 64:91–120
Csurhes, Steve, 2008. Cecropia, Cecropia spp. Pest Plant Risk Assessment. Biosecurity Queensland Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries, Queensland
Compiler: National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) & IUCN/SSC Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG)
Publication date: 2011-02-23
Recommended citation: Global Invasive Species Database (2016) Species profile: Cecropia schreberiana. Downloaded from http://www.iucngisd.org/gisd/species.php?sc=117 on 26-10-2016.