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Useful Tropical Plants

Browneopsis disepala

(Little) Klitg.

Fabaceae

+ Synonyms

Brownea disepala Little

Common Name:

Browneopsis disepala
Dissected flower
Photograph by: John L. Clark
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General Information

Browneopsis disepala is a tree that can grow around 30 metres tall. The bole can be 35cm in diameter. The tree produces flowers on the trunk and stems[
866
Title
Journal of the Washington Academy of Sciences Vol. 38
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Washington Academy of Sciences; Wisconsin.
Year
1948
ISBN
 
Description
A scientific journal, sometimes with articles on plants. This edition includes the description of several newly recorded trees from S. America. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].
The tree is valued for its wood by loggers[
338
Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
].
Endemic to Ecuador, this species is threatened by massive habitat change throughout its range since the middle of the 20th century, and because it is selectively felled by loggers. The plant is classified as 'Endangered' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2013)[
338
Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

866
Title
Journal of the Washington Academy of Sciences Vol. 38
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Washington Academy of Sciences; Wisconsin.
Year
1948
ISBN
 
Description
A scientific journal, sometimes with articles on plants. This edition includes the description of several newly recorded trees from S. America. It can be downloaded from the Internet.

Range

S. America - Ecuador

Habitat

Wet evergreen coastal forests and also in deciduous forests at higher elevations, usually on slopes; at elevations up to 800 metres[
866
Title
Journal of the Washington Academy of Sciences Vol. 38
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Washington Academy of Sciences; Wisconsin.
Year
1948
ISBN
 
Description
A scientific journal, sometimes with articles on plants. This edition includes the description of several newly recorded trees from S. America. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Properties

Conservation StatusEndangered
Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitTree
Height25.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The wood is often harvested by loggers[
338
Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
].

Propagation

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[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].
Cite as: Tropical Plants Database, Ken Fern. tropical.theferns.info. 2019-09-17. <tropical.theferns.info/viewtropical.php?id=Browneopsis+disepala>

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