Centrolobium minus C.Presl
Nissolia robusta Vell.
Common Name: Zebrawood
Centrolobium robustum is a deciduous tree with a wide, rounded crown; it can grow 15 - 30 metres tall. The straight bole can be 50 - 80cm in diameter, usually buttressed[
A very popular quality timber in Brazil, where it is commonly harvested from the wild and used to make fine furniture etc.
S. America - eastern Brazil.
Slopes in the Atlantic rainforest, especially in secondary formations such as old, cleared fields[
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Prefers a sunny position[
A fast-growing tree[
A fast-growing, natural pioneer species within its native range. It is suitable for use in reforestation projects[
A pink or red dye can be obtained from the roots and bark[
]. It is used by native people to colour their utensils, mats, ornamental feathers etc[
The heartwood is pale yellow with large beautifully marked carmine veins, surrounded by a large amount of sapwood[
]. It has a clean, straight grain; moderate texture; is fairly heavy; hard; highly resistant to rot; difficult to split; easy to polish. A very good quality wood, it is used for a wide range of purposes including making fine furniture, luxury goods, turned pieces, parquet flooring, construction and boat building[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe, in individual containers in a sunny position or light shade[
]. A high germination rate can be expected, with the seeds sprouting within 15 - 20 days[
]. Seedlings grow away rapidly[
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