Caesalpinia brasiliensis Sw.
Peltophorum brasiliense Urb.
Peltophorum linnaei Benth.
Robinia violacea Mill.
Common Name: Brasiletto
Brasiletto is an unarmed, much-branched tree usually growing 5 - 15 metres tall but with some specimens up to 25 metres[
]. The bole can be more than a metre in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its wood, which is used as a timber and also to make a red dye[
]. The tree is sometimes grown as an ornamental[
Central America - Belize, Guatemala, Mexico, to Cuba and Jamaica.
In climax forests at elevations of 300 metres or less[
|Other Uses Rating||
|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
A good shade tree[
The wood gives a red dye[
]. It is said that this pigment is the one used by the ancient Mayas for imprinting the celebrated 'red hand' found on the interior walls of some of the ancient ruined buildings[
The orange-coloured wood is used in cabinet work, spokes of wheels etc[
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