Phyllocarpus riedelii Tul.
Phyllocarpus septentrionalis Donn.Sm.
Barnebydendron riedelii is a deciduous tree with a small, open, rounded crown; it can grow 15 - 30 metres tall[
]. Trees in Guatemala have a wide, spreading crown[
]. The straight, cylindrical bole can be 50 - 70cm in diameter[
The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild for its wood. A very attractive tree, often grown as an ornamental throughout the tropics.
S. America - eastern Brazil, Peru; C. America - Panama to Guatemala.
A canopy tree in dense primary rainforest, favouring gently sloping terrain in eastern Brazil[
]. Dry, rocky, thinly forested hillsides or ravines, at elevations from 100 - 900 metres in Guatemala[
|Other Uses Rating||
|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Young plants can tolerate considerable shade, becoming more light-demanding and accepting full sun as they grow older[
]. Established plants are drought tolerant[
Young plants have a rapid rate of growth[
There are conflicting reports on whether or not this tree has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria, so it is unclear as to whether this tree fixes atmospheric nitrogen[
The wood is average-textured, irregular to spiral-grained, heavy, with moderate mechanical properties and moderately resistant to rot when exposed to the elements. It can be used for internal finishing work in construction[
]. The white wood is spongy, without value[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a partially shaded position in a nursery seedbed. A germination rate of less than 50% can be expected, with the seed sprouting within 40 - 60 days[
Like many species within the family Fabaceae, once they have been dried for storage the seeds of this species may benefit from scarification before sowing in order to speed up and improve germination. This can usually be done by pouring a small amount of nearly boiling water on the seeds (being careful not to cook them!) and then soaking them for 12 - 24 hours in warm water. By this time they should have imbibed moisture and swollen - if they have not, then carefully make a nick in the seedcoat (being careful not to damage the embryo) and soak for a further 12 hours before sowing[
If you have any useful information about this plant, please leave a comment. Comments have to be approved before they are shown here.