Diplokeleba floribunda is an evergreen tree with a large elongate or pyramidal crown; it can grow 8 - 15 metres tall. The short, cylindrical bole can be 40 - 60cm in diameter[
The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use of its wood. An ornamental plant, it can be used in landscaping[
S. America - Argentina, Paraguay, central Brazil, Bolivia.
Savannah woodland, in both the primary forest and more open, secondary formations, growing on well-drained slopes in fertile, alkaline, clayey soils[
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A plant of the subtropics to the tropics, found at elevations from sea level up to 625 metres, but generally above 250 metres in the tropics.
Succeeds in full sun to moderate shade[
]. Found wild in fertile, well-drained, chalky, alkaline, clayey soils[
]. Established plants are drought tolerant[
Plants have a fairly fast rate of growth when young, growing more than 2 metres tall within 2 years from seed[
The plant contains saponins, tannins, flavonols and steroids[
The wood is medium-textured, straight-grained, compact, heavy, hard, with good mechanical properties and very subject to rot when exposed to the elements. It is subject to bending when drying. Although hard to cut, it is easy to work with and can be used internally in general construction for purposes such as wooden floors, scantlings, beams, laths and boards in general; also for cabinet making and various other uses[
The wood is used for fuel and to make charcoal[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a sunny position in a nursery seedbed. A high germination rate can usually be expected, with the seed sprouting within 20 - 30 days[
]. When the seedlings are 5 - 6cm tall, pot them up into individual containers and they should be ready to plant out 5 - 6 months later[
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