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Useful Tropical Plants

Caesalpinia granadillo

Pittier

Fabaceae

+ Synonyms

Libidibia granadillo (Pittier) Pittier

Common Name:

Caesalpinia granadillo
Young tree growing at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Miami, Florida, USA
Photograph by: David Stang
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General Information

Caesalpinia granadillo is an evergreen tree with a dense, vase-shaped crown; it can grow around 10 - 20 metres tall. The tree often branches from low down, forming a number of main stems[
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Title
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://hort.ifas.ufl.edu/shrubs/
Publisher
University of Florida
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
PDF fact sheets on over 500 shrubs.
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316
Title
Tropical Timbers of the World. Ag. Handbook No. 607.
Publication
 
Author
Chudnoff. Martin.
Publisher
USDA Forest Service. Wisconsin.
Year
1984
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details on the properties of the wood of almost 400 species of trees from the Tropics.
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The tree is harvested from the wild for its wood, which is favoured for turnery and is also used locally in construction. It is often grown as an ornamental in gardens.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

S. America - Ecuador, Venezuela.

Habitat

Not known

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height12.00 m
PollinatorsInsects
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details


Grows best in full sun[
309
Title
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://hort.ifas.ufl.edu/shrubs/
Publisher
University of Florida
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
PDF fact sheets on over 500 shrubs.
]. Succeeds in most soils so long as they are well drained[
309
Title
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://hort.ifas.ufl.edu/shrubs/
Publisher
University of Florida
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
PDF fact sheets on over 500 shrubs.
]. Established plants are moderately drought tolerant[
309
Title
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://hort.ifas.ufl.edu/shrubs/
Publisher
University of Florida
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
PDF fact sheets on over 500 shrubs.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The heartwood is dark red to chocolate-brown or nearly black, usually with fine pencil striping of parenchyma; it is sharply demarcated from the yellowish-or pinkish-white sapwood. The texture is medium to coarse; the grain straight to very irregular; lustre is medium to low; it is without distinctive odour or taste. A strong, heavy wood that is durable and highly resistant to attack by decay fungi; It is difficult to work, but finishes smoothly. It is used especially in turnery, where it works very well; and is also used locally in heavy construction work[
316
Title
Tropical Timbers of the World. Ag. Handbook No. 607.
Publication
 
Author
Chudnoff. Martin.
Publisher
USDA Forest Service. Wisconsin.
Year
1984
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details on the properties of the wood of almost 400 species of trees from the Tropics.
].

Propagation

Seed -

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