There is some confusion over the correct name for this species, with some authorities seeing it as a variety of Amburana cearensis[
Common Name: Imburana de Cheiro
Imburana de Cheiro is a deciduous tree growing up to 35 metres tall.
It is exploited commercially for its wood, whilst its seeds are also gathered from the wild and used to extract an essential oil[
The species is listed as vulnerable in the IUCN Red List(2009)[
]. It has been heavily exploited for its wood, used for making luxury furniture, leading to a drastic reduction in population levels[
S. America - Brazil, Bolivia and Peru.
Rainforests, in areas not subject to annual inundation[
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A plant of medium elevations in tropical areas with a monsoon season.
Prefers a sunny position[
]. Established plants are drought tolerant[
Newly planted young trees grow away quite slowly and are generally less than 150cm tall after two years[
Although most species in the family Fabaceae have a symbiotic relationship with bacteria on their roots that can fix atmospheric nitrogen, there is a report that this species does not have this relationship.
An essential oil is obtained from the seeds[
]. Used in perfumery[
The yellow to light brown wood is coarse grained, moderately heavy, soft, with moderate durability[
]. It has the scent and taste of vanilla[
]. It is used for luxury furniture, decorative veneers, cooperage, carving, cabinet making etc[
]. It is used for general construction[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a semi-shaded position, either in individual containers or in a nursery seedbed. A germination rate in excess of 80% can be expected for fresh seeds, with the seeds sprouting within 15 - 25 days[
]. Seedlings grow away slowly[
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