Couratari asterotricha is a semideciduous tree with a very wide, dense crown; it can grow 10 - 20 metres tall. The straight, cylindrical bole can be 50 - 80cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its wood.
S. America - eastern Brazil.
A canopy tree in the Atlantic rainforest, usually found in somewhat elevated, well-drained positions in both primary and secondary formations[
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Succeeds in a sunny position[
]. Prefers a well-drained soil[
]. Plants are tolerant of dry soils[
]. Established plants are drought-tolerant[
Heartwood and sapwood are not clearly demarcated. The wood is straight-grained, medium-textured, light in weight, with poor resistance to wood eating organisms, easy to saw[
]. It is used for making furniture, panels, linings, boxes, broom handles, plywood etc[
Seed - it has a short viability of less than 60 days in storage[
]. Sow the seed as soon as it is ripe in a semi-shaded position in individual containers. Germination rates are normally high, with the seed sprouting within 30 - 40 days[
]. Seedlings grow away quite rapidly and are ready for planting out into their permanent positions in 6 - 8 months[
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