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Cordia trichoclada

A.DC.

Boraginaceae

+ Synonyms

Cordia grandifolia A.DC.

Cordia grandis Cham.

Cordia macrophylla Vell.

Cordia sellowiana G.Don

Gerascanthus grandifolius (A.DC.) Borhidi

Gerascanthus trichocladus (A.DC.) Borhidi

Lithocardium grandifolium Kuntze

Lithocardium trichocladum Kuntze

Common Name:

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General Information

Cordia trichoclada is a semi-deciduous tree with an irregular, sparse crown; it can grow 8 - 15 metres tall. The straight, cylindrical bole can be 30 - 40cm in diameter[
625
Title
Brazilian Trees. Volume 3.
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil.
Year
2009
ISBN
85-86714-34-4
Description
Information on 350 species of Brazilian trees. Stunning photographs of each species, brief details on the plant, its uses and how to grow it from seed. A superb work, with the minor irritation that the translation from Portuguese is not of the best.
].
The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a source of wood.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

S. America - eastern Brazil.

Habitat

Lowland and submontane Atlantic rain forests, found in clearings and secondary formations[
625
Title
Brazilian Trees. Volume 3.
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil.
Year
2009
ISBN
85-86714-34-4
Description
Information on 350 species of Brazilian trees. Stunning photographs of each species, brief details on the plant, its uses and how to grow it from seed. A superb work, with the minor irritation that the translation from Portuguese is not of the best.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitSemi-deciduous Tree
Height12.00 m
Growth RateFast
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



Newly planted young trees grow away rapidly[
625
Title
Brazilian Trees. Volume 3.
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil.
Year
2009
ISBN
85-86714-34-4
Description
Information on 350 species of Brazilian trees. Stunning photographs of each species, brief details on the plant, its uses and how to grow it from seed. A superb work, with the minor irritation that the translation from Portuguese is not of the best.
].

Edible Uses

Although we have seen no specific information for this species, the fruits of all members of this genus are said to be edible[
422
Title
Fruits of the Guianan Flora
Publication
 
Author
van Roosmalen. M.G.M.
Publisher
Institute of Systematic Boyany, Utrecht University; Netherlands.
Year
1985
ISBN
90-9000988-4
Description
Terse descriptions of over 1,700 species from the Guianas that bear fruits - not necessarily edible! Often mentions if the fruit is edible, plus gives brief description of habit and habitat.
]. In general the fruit comprises a thin to fairly thick layer of pulpy, sweetish-tasting flesh surrounding a single seed[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
]. The yellow, ovoid fruit can be 25mm long and 20mm wide[
625
Title
Brazilian Trees. Volume 3.
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil.
Year
2009
ISBN
85-86714-34-4
Description
Information on 350 species of Brazilian trees. Stunning photographs of each species, brief details on the plant, its uses and how to grow it from seed. A superb work, with the minor irritation that the translation from Portuguese is not of the best.
]. The thin, succulent pulp has a sweet flavour[
625
Title
Brazilian Trees. Volume 3.
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil.
Year
2009
ISBN
85-86714-34-4
Description
Information on 350 species of Brazilian trees. Stunning photographs of each species, brief details on the plant, its uses and how to grow it from seed. A superb work, with the minor irritation that the translation from Portuguese is not of the best.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The sapwood and heartwood are not clearly differentiated. The wood is light in weight, of low durability, easy to cut.
The heartwood is yellowish to brown, uniform or more or less streaked and variegated; the light-colored material is not clearly differentiated from the sapwood. The texture is very variable, from fine to coarse; the grain is usually straight to shallowly interlocked; luster is medium to high, often rich and golden; dark-coloured specimens have a spicy scent, otherwise it is without distinctive odour or taste. The wood is light in weight. The heartwood is rated as durable upon exposure to both white-rot and brown-rot fungi, but the degree of durability appears to be related to the colouring of the wood. It is also reported to have good resistance to dry-wood termites. The wood has good weathering characteristics and absorbs moisture at a moderate rate. It is not resistant to attack by marine borers. The wood is easy to work and finishes smoothly; it is readily glued. It is used in general construction, millwork, fine cabinet and furniture components, flooring, decorative veneer, cooperage, boat construction; for some applications it is used as a substitute for teak, walnut, or mahogany[
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.
]. Another report, from Brazil, says that the wood is only used for low value items such as packing cases[
625
Title
Brazilian Trees. Volume 3.
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil.
Year
2009
ISBN
85-86714-34-4
Description
Information on 350 species of Brazilian trees. Stunning photographs of each species, brief details on the plant, its uses and how to grow it from seed. A superb work, with the minor irritation that the translation from Portuguese is not of the best.
].

Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe. Sow in a semi-shaded position in a nursery seedbed. A germination rate in excess of 50% can be expected, with the seed sprouting within 15 - 25 days[
625
Title
Brazilian Trees. Volume 3.
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil.
Year
2009
ISBN
85-86714-34-4
Description
Information on 350 species of Brazilian trees. Stunning photographs of each species, brief details on the plant, its uses and how to grow it from seed. A superb work, with the minor irritation that the translation from Portuguese is not of the best.
].
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